ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS — Charles Leclerc Said his Ferrari’s erratic behavior contributed to a qualifying crash that would see him start the Dutch Grand Prix from ninth on the grid.
Leclerc appeared to run off the road heading into the fast right-hand Turn 9, hitting the wall in the process.
The five-time race winner said Ferrari struggled on that part of the track all weekend and made no progress with changes to the setup.
“First of all, it’s one of those weekends where it’s extremely difficult to drive,” Leclerc said Saturday evening.
From FP1 we’ve been struggling at Turns 1, 9 and 10 and have changed the car completely and, to be honest, there’s not much to help us in those three corners.
Turns 9 and 10 are one of those corners where you go into the corner, you let off the brakes and for whatever reason there is no grip in the corner.
“So you’re trusting the car to grip back on the exit, which it didn’t, and I obviously went into the wall.”
Leclerc and teammates Carlos Sainz The car has struggled with consistency all year. Leclerc said this remains an ongoing area of focus for the team.
“I agree that we know where we need to work, and that’s the consistency of the car. There’s no doubt that we’ve made strides since the start of the year where every corner was like the three of us here.
“So we’re taking steps in the right direction, but it’s still a long way off and for some reason it’s more than we expected this weekend. We still know it’s a weakness, the consistency of the car and we’re working on that.”
After his crash, TV cameras showed Leclerc sitting in a chair behind the crash fencing, similar to the photo that went viral. Fernando Alonso After his McLaren’s engine failed at the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Footage circulated on social media showed Leclerc standing in the same position after the session, watching as Red Bull watched on a big screen. Max Verstappen Celebrated with pole position for Sunday’s race.
Asked what he was doing, Leclerc said: “I was enjoying it as much as I could.
“It’s a very tough weekend and not knowing what you’re going to get every time you get in the car is not my favorite situation.”