Charles Leclerc admitted he’s studying from Carlos Sainz after being outqualified by his new Ferrari teammate within the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Sainz impressed in Q3 to safe fifth on the grid whereas Leclerc was solely eighth, regardless of having the ability to advance from Q2 on the medium compound. Within the race it was a special matter, as Sainz’s soft-medium technique dropped him out of the factors, however Leclerc famous that the primary a part of the weekend exhibits how a lot he can study from the Spaniard.
“What I realized from this weekend is perhaps I ought to have taken it step-by-step, particularly on such a troublesome weekend like this,” Leclerc stated. “I’ve tried to push the automotive to its restrict immediately and it made my weekend simply very, very messy.
“So if I look Friday and Saturday, they weren’t superb days for me. I used to be simply all over, and as soon as in 10 laps I managed to do an excellent lap, however I used to be simply not constant. So perhaps in these situations, I ought to have taken it a bit extra step-by-step, which I did (on Sunday).
“To be trustworthy, I’m pleased with the job I did within the race. However talking about Carlos, for positive I study (from) how he drives; he drives very in a different way to how Seb (Vettel) was driving final 12 months. And it’s at all times very fascinating to see him work with the engineers and the way in which he works and his view on issues. So yeah, I’m undoubtedly studying loads from him.”
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Sainz echoed Leclerc’s feedback, saying he can be taking a look at how his teammate tailored within the race as he tries to enhance from the struggles he suffered within the latter levels.
“Similar for me actually,” Sainz stated. “From the surface, I assume it regarded like a constructive weekend up till the race. Primarily, simply attending to know tips on how to drive the automotive a bit higher. I needed to study rather a lot from Charles in a approach to do some corners and to use a sure driving fashion or to use or to go in a setup route, then come again and take a look at a special one.
“There’s at all times issues to study, particularly after the race. It’s my first troublesome race with Ferrari – my first troublesome Sunday, let’s put it like that – the place issues didn’t go to plan. There can be plenty of pondering, plenty of analyzing, plenty of self-criticism and attempting to see what we are able to do higher for the longer term, and hold bettering. It’s a steep studying curve that I’m on proper now, and the educational curve must proceed, and (Sunday) is a part of the educational curve, I assume.”