During qualifying for the GP of the Netherlands, Charles Leclerc crashed into the wall with his Ferrari. Leclerc says he is distraught and does not know how his car behaves and reacts in the corners.
“It’s just the car that is extremely difficult to drive this weekend,” Leclerc reflects on the race weekend in Zandvoort so far. “In Formula 1 it’s all about anticipating and knowing what balance you have when you enter the corner.”
“But right now I’m going into the corner and I have no idea at all if I’m going to have understeer or oversteer. That makes it very, very difficult for us. It has been a very difficult weekend so far.”
After the problems on Friday, Ferrari tried to improve the situation with some changes, but according to Leclerc the improvement was very limited.
“Since the first practice session, we’ve been having problems in Turns 1, 9 and 10. We’ve completely changed the car and to be honest, we haven’t improved much in those three corners.”
“When you go into the corner there you release the brake, but there is no grip at all in the middle of the corner for whatever reason. Then you trust that the car will find grip again when coming out of the corner, but that didn’t happen during that lap. Then I ended up in the wall.”
“It’s just very, very difficult to drive on the limit like that. As soon as you get close to the limit you don’t know what will happen. So this is a very difficult situation.”