Charles Leclerc is the fastest in the 2nd practice in Jeddah

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Charles Leclerc is the fastest in the 2nd practice in Jeddah

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says his team feels extra motivated after good results. The Italian team started the pre-season tests with the aim of covering as much mileage as possible. The reason for this was to get to know their F1-75 car with which the team entered a new era of Formula 1.

Ferrari's goal is to return to the very top of the grid, which means winning races and winning titles. At the opening of the season, the race for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Scuderia showed enviable performance. Leclerc won the pole position, and an excellent result was completed by his teammate Carlos Sainz with 3rd place.

In the race, the Monegasque showed that Ferrari made a great car. Although the world champion tried to overtake him on several occasions, Leclerc clearly emerged as the winner. In the end, there was a double victory for the Italian team, which has not been seen since 2019 from Singapore.

Encouraged by this result, Charles admits that the team is extra satisfied and will continue to put pressure on Saudi Arabia. "The feeling is great. There are a lot more smiles in the team, and additional motivation is felt.

Matia (Binotto) came back to Maranello and told me about the excitement and motivation. We must keep up the pressure to maintain this position, ”Leclerc said. “Overall, I was very pleased with the balance that gives us a chance to put pressure in the qualifiers and the race.

I feel we have a good car at the beginning of the season, ”added the great driver at a press conference in Jeddah.

Jeddah race

Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of the second session. The second is Max Verstappen, and the third is Carlos Sainz.

The second training took place at a much faster pace, but it also brought several problems. Kevin Magnussen had to give up again ahead of time because he had engine problems. Charles Leclerc also had to end the session earlier because there was a scratch from the wall, so he had to give up his further stay in training.

Just before the end, Yuki Tsunoda reported a problem with the drive unit. In terms of time, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has again set the fastest session time. However, he ‘soiled’ that position with an incident that cost him work on the race simulation because scratching the wall caused a problem with the front wheel and the mechanics had to change the front wing as well. Max Verstappen finished behind Leclerc. The Dutchman did his fastest lap on medium tires, although he used soft tires.