Last night, Ferrari technicians had to break the curfew due to the electrical problem that kept Charles Leclerc in the pits throughout the second free practice session for the 2023 Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The anomaly in the power unit occurred during ignition, with some concerning smoke appearing from the rear of the Monegasque’s car.
“We changed everything possible to try to get back on track,” Charles Leclerc commented, “but it turned out that the type of intervention required more time than was available.” The Scuderia’s technicians resolved the problem last night, and Charles will not need to use new components that could have resulted in a penalty.
“The only problem is the lost mileage,” the Monegasque explained, “FP2 is when we prepare our race, so there will be fewer references than usual for me on Sunday. After FP1, we made some changes to the car that we were unable to try; therefore, we will start from the baseline we had in the first free practice session, considering that the feeling was quite good anyway.” – the Ferrari driver pointed out.
Rain was expected last night, but this morning the sun is still shining over the Silverstone circuit, and the precipitation forecast during the qualifying hour has dropped to 20%.
However, Charles Leclerc did not express concerns about the possibility of a wet qualifying session, conditions that saw him struggle last week in Spielberg. “In the last few races, I have struggled when the conditions have been damp,” Charles confirmed, “let’s say mixed. But I have worked a lot on it, and I am confident that if they occur again, it will go better.”
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Charles Leclerc remains optimistic about qualifying but there are still doubts about the race pace. “We are very competitive on the fast lap,” he reiterated, “but we have struggled more in the long runs. The pace that Carlos showed in FP2 is quite representative, and that’s where we need to work. We know that the main challenge will be tire degradation, but I am confident that we will do a good job.” – the Ferrari man concluded.