Leclerc: “Tomorrow I hope to be as close as today and that we can have a good battle with Max”
Good score for Ferrari during the disputed qualifying session at Zandvoort. If the Italians did not manage to snatch Pole Position from Max Verstappen, they fought to obtain it until the end. Something that seemed complicated by the way Q1 and Q2 had gone. The feelings are positive for the race and, despite the difficulty of overtaking on the Dutch track, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are convinced that they will use a good strategy to leave behind the Mercedes and attack the Red Bull team, which continues without aiming his way to the second world title.
Charles Leclerc (2º – 1:10.363):
“As a driver you always aim for pole, but Max got it today. The balance of the car was a bit better compared to yesterday. Q1 and Q2 were a bit tricky. We tried different things on the laps and at the end the front of the car worked better which was good because I was able to push more I am confident for tomorrow even though it is a track where it is quite difficult to pass so I hope be as close as today and we can have a good fight with Max”.
Carlos Sainz (3rd – 1:10.434):
“We knew we were going to fight and it turned out to be one of the tightest qualifying sessions of the year. To finish 3rd less than a tenth from pole shows how small the margin was today. today.
I expect a close race with more cars in contention, but I’m confident we can fight for the top spots. Overtaking will perhaps be a little easier than last year and strategy will play a big role. Tonight, together with the team, we will evaluate all available options to maximize the race result.”
Laurent Mekies, Ferrari Sporting Director:
“We can be reasonably happy with how qualifying went, but there is also an element of regret. We are happy to be back for pole position within milliseconds with both of our cars, but obviously when you’re so close to pole, I wish you could have done it. Seeing Charles and Carlos stay a step behind Verstappen, only 2 and 9 hundredths slower respectively, is a good indicator of the intensity of the fight. Congratulations to Max for his pole position at home.
“One of the positives of the weekend so far is that we have been able to help the drivers to become more and more confident with the car with each session. It depends on the team on track, including Charles and Carlos, and everyone supporting us at Maranello. Hopefully tomorrow’s race will be a very close battle between three teams, because even Mercedes could be in the game, so it should be a great show for all the fans. in the stands and those who watch it on TV. We know that so far Verstappen has had a very good race pace and tomorrow we will try to put him under pressure to make life difficult for him.”
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