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Australian Grand Prix: Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc reveals struggles | Max Verstappen: I anticipate it to be tight

Charles Leclerc admitted he had discovered it tough at instances to seek out consistency round Albert Park though he put his Ferrari on pole for Sunday’s race; watch Sunday’s race dwell on Sunday at 6am on Sky Sports activities F1

Final Up to date: 09/04/22 10:37am


Watch as Charles Leclerc takes his second pole of the season at the Australian Grand Prix

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Watch as Charles Leclerc takes his second pole of the season on the Australian Grand Prix

Watch as Charles Leclerc takes his second pole of the season on the Australian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc was delighted to safe pole place on the grid for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix after revealing he had been struggling round Albert Park all through the weekend.

The Ferrari driver had been constantly among the many front-runners through the three follow periods and secured his place on the entrance row with a quickest lap of 1:17.868 in Q3.

However Leclerc admitted afterwards it had been tough for him to seek out the consistency he had been looking for till that lap, regardless of showing from the skin to have been performing strongly.

“General, I am very joyful as a result of it is a monitor the place I’ve all the time struggled up to now and I’ve struggled this weekend,” Leclerc mentioned.

“You in all probability could not see from exterior as a result of we had been fairly quick, however I used to be struggling rather a lot with errors, being inconsistent and I actually labored on that to attempt to put a superb lap collectively in Q3.

“I knew it was simply all about placing it collectively and I managed to do it in Q3, so I am very joyful.

“It is extra the character of the corners like Flip 1 and Flip 6 the place the turning section could be very sharp and quick, and I struggled with my driving type in these corners, struggling to be very exact.”

Charles Leclerc felt he struggled in earlier qualifying but focused on putting it together for the final lap to land pole for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc felt he struggled in earlier qualifying however centered on placing it collectively for the ultimate lap to land pole for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc felt he struggled in earlier qualifying however centered on placing it collectively for the ultimate lap to land pole for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

World championship chief Leclerc is aiming to construct on a robust begin which noticed him open the 2022 season with victory in Bahrain and end second after an exhilarating battle with Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabia.

The 24-year-old, whose earlier two Grand Prix in Australia have yielded thirteenth and fifth-place finishes, was shocked by how effectively the Ferrari carried out on Saturday although.

“It feels nice and really joyful to be beginning on pole tomorrow [Sunday],” Leclerc mentioned.

“Once more, we had been fairly shocked by our tempo in qualifying so we are going to see what occurs [on Synday].”

Karun Chandhok compares Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen's best qualifying laps for the Australian GP

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Karun Chandhok compares Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen’s greatest qualifying laps for the Australian GP

Karun Chandhok compares Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen’s greatest qualifying laps for the Australian GP

Verstappen: I anticipate it to be tight

Verstappen, who will begin second with team-mate Sergio Perez one place behind him in third, feels there’s extra to come back from the Crimson Bull automobile.

The reigning world champion managed a greatest lap of 1:18.154 in Q3 and confessed to his personal struggles all through the weekend as effectively.

“I might have hoped to start out first, however we’ve to just accept the place we end, however the entire weekend has been a bit tough for me,” Verstappen mentioned.

“I’ve by no means actually discovered a steady grip whether or not it is entrance or rear and that is simply not good. For me, that is actually been the case all yr.

Max Verstappen says he has found things 'tough' all year, after qualifying second at the Australian Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen says he has discovered issues ‘robust’ all yr, after qualifying second on the Australian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen says he has discovered issues ‘robust’ all yr, after qualifying second on the Australian Grand Prix

“I’ve simply by no means discovered a cushty stability the place I might assault corners, particularly in qualifying and that is a giant limitation as a result of it is one thing very new for me within the final three years.

“After all, I am speaking like I am P18, however I feel we’ve a whole lot of potential within the automobile we’re not displaying and I feel that is a little bit of a disgrace.”

However, the Dutchman believes the Crimson Bull has proven higher ranges of efficiency in race situations and expects one other close-fought contest with Leclerc in Sunday’s Grand Prix.

“Within the race, we’ve fairly a superb stability and in the long term [in P3] it appeared below management,” Verstappen mentioned.

“I anticipate it to be tight; possibly Ferrari will discover one thing, however I hope not and hopefully we are able to have a superb battle once more.”

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