Australian F1 circuit Albert Park “is not a representative track for car performance,” said Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who refuses to panic after Ferrari’s 4-5 finish in the season opener.
Controversial team orders that kept Leclerc behind teammate Sebastian Vettel and a lack of pace made the 2019 Australian Grand Prix a weekend to forget for Ferrari. Charles, however, is hopeful that the gap to Mercedes can be closed in Bahrain, as the Bahrain International Circuit a more typical example of a Grand Prix venue than the streets around Albert Park.
Asked to look back at his first race with Scuderia Ferrari in Australia, Charles had this to say: “Of course, it’s something special for a driver, but I didn’t feel under any particular pressure. Actually, here, more than anything I am focussed on performing better than I did in Australia. It was not an easy weekend, as we expected more after the positive outcome of the Barcelona test. I believe our package is strong and we found the answers to our lack of performance in Melbourne, although maybe not all of them. Here we will see if the Australian performance was down to a track specific issue or something else. The team mentality is the right one”, Charles added, “and we must keep it through the year. There is a lot of work to do but I am confident the team will do everything to improve the car. We are all working together as a team and that’s good.” – he explained, as reported by the Maranello team’s official website.
Free Practice. Now the track will give its verdict with two free practice sessions on Friday starting at 14:00 and 18:00 local time (12:00 and 16:00 CET.)