Charles Leclerc narrowly secured second place on the starting grid, just missing out on qualifying further down the top ten. Leclerc considered abandoning his lap and changing tires, but ultimately decided to push through.
“Today’s qualifying session at the Interlagos circuit was unlike anything I’ve experienced in my career,” Leclerc reflected. “The track had no rain from the fourth turn, but there was extremely poor grip, making it very challenging to drive the car.”
“I contemplated coming in at the end of the round, but ending up in second place is a pleasant surprise. It was definitely a strange experience for everyone at the track today.”
Looking ahead to the race, Leclerc still has many uncertainties, as is usual during weekends with only one practice session to prepare for the rest of the race weekend.
“With the sprint format, the race speed is always a big question mark. However, I hope it will be good. Hopefully, we won’t have too much rain on Saturday or Sunday.”