GP Abu Dhabi, Charles Leclerc: "Fatigue in race pace, opponents are ahead"

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GP Abu Dhabi, Charles Leclerc: "Fatigue in race pace, opponents are ahead"

Charles Leclerc, driver of Ferrari, after Friday free practice at the Abu Dhabi GP, explained: "Overall our sessions were good. We struggled more on the race pace because we suffered from some tire degradation, as we expected.

The pace in qualifying is a bit better, but our rivals seem to be slightly ahead. We will use Saturday's free practice to make further progress and give our best in the last qualifying of the year. " Carlos Sainz, Leclerc's Ferrari teammamte, told: "After losing the first, the second free practice session was very intense.

In fact, we had to recover with the program trying to get into the rhythm as soon as possible. The sensations are not too bad but good. 'There is still a lot of room for improvement for tomorrow. I can't wait to get on track for the last qualifying of the season."

Shwartzman, Sainz and Verstappen's words

Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari test driver, on his second outing of the season after his debut in Austin, said: "The free practice session was good and I am satisfied with the progress I managed to make.

To finish seventh was a great satisfaction, I felt good in the car. I feel comfortable and we completed the program smoothly. We started the shift by testing some developments and the team was satisfied with the data we collected, which can only please me.

I thank Ferrari for this opportunity and I can't wait to get back in the car next Tuesday for a full day of testing, where I hope to improve myself further and gain even more experience behind the wheel of this generation of cars."

Max Verstappen on Red Bull, analyzed: "We got a steady pace, in the long run the car went well. I'm happy."