Miami Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) fears Red Bull “extremely fast on the straights”

Like a champion who must forget his missteps in order to re-mobilize and head for his golden destination, Charles Leclerc has turned the page, and fast. Two weeks after the spin that cost him the podium at Imola, the Monegasque captured his third pole position of the season with authority and composure, his 13th in his career. Concentrated in this heat, barely more bearable than Sepang and Singapore, as Lewis Hamilton noted Friday, the sharp Monegasque tamed the demanding Miami layout, designed by its architects as a “error generator“, and cracked his main opponent, Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

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Fastest in Q1 and Q2, the driver from the Principality completed the job in Q3 by setting the Dutch world champion’s best time in the closing moments of the qualifying hour. By pushing his rival to attack so much that he lost his front row seat and went into Turn 6 too hard. Result: pole position for “Charlot” in 1’28″796 with a margin of 0″190 over the Spaniard and 0″195 over the Bataaf.

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“My lap wasn’t great, but that’s enough. I can’t complain. Thanks guys. Great car”, he dropped on the radio on the spot, in turn to return to the parc fermé. True, he only had the best part in the second sector, while Sainz was fastest in the first and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) in the third. Anyway, the spot he’s reserved is expensive and the Scuderia can have a smile: for the first time since the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix, two red machines will start in the lead.

Sainz regained confidence

“Last weekend was not great for me, I made a mistake in the racehe repeated at the microphone of Danica Patrick, the former Indycar driver. Today went well and we will start from pole position and on Sunday we have a job to finish. The fans are crazy, it’s great to be there and see how the sport has grown over the years. There are a lot of Ferrari supporters, it’s sensational.”

“During the lap, I made a mistake in the first sector that cost me some time, and then I tried to fix it.he added to Sky Sports’ microphone. So I pushed much later and everything fell into place. It’s a car that you have to think a lot about to go fast, but now I’m comfortable with it.”

As for the 57 laps of the race, the danger posed by the Red Bull drivers, on the second row with Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, is clearly recognisable. “They are extremely fast on the straights and we are fast in the corners.Charles Leclerc summarized. It will be an exciting challenge on Sunday.”

Carlos Sainz, for his part, on the front line for the first time this year, succeeded in his recovery operation after his crash on Friday. “We had to rebuild after yesterday’s accident, it was not easy at all to regain confidence on a track as difficult as the one in Miami.the Spaniard conceded. I went relaxed in Q3 and managed to put in two good laps. It wasn’t enough for pole, but I’ll take where I come from.”

“Charles has again put in a fantastic lap that we are used toLaurent Mékies, the sporting director of the Scuderia, appreciated. He also liked how Carlos Sainz “regained his confidence” to “try to make up for lost time on track”.

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