Leclerc braces for “troublesome” Ferrari dwelling race given Crimson Bull’s prime pace
After being a match for Crimson Bull within the first a part of the season, Ferrari has fallen behind the Milton Keynes outfit, and runaway championship chief Max Verstappen particularly, because the summer time break.
With Verstappen dominating at high-speed Spa and in addition successful at Zandvoort, a observe which ought to have suited Ferrari extra, Leclerc fears this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix may very well be a repeat of Spa given Monza’s deal with prime pace.
“I feel it should be a little bit of a troublesome weekend, on paper at the very least it should be a troublesome weekend,” he mentioned in Thursday’s pre-event press convention.
“We count on Crimson Bull to be stronger. The observe traits do not match precisely our automobiles.
“However once more, we have had some good and dangerous surprises this yr, so hopefully this one is without doubt one of the good ones and that we overperform in comparison with what we count on.”
Whereas Leclerc thought it was “troublesome to know” whether or not Ferrari’s straightline deficit is all the way down to a distinction in energy or aerodynamic effectivity, he thinks no matter benefit Ferrari may eke out in Monza’s low to medium pace corners will be unable to compensate for the copious quantities of laptime it’s set to lose on the lengthy straights.
“I feel evaluating to Crimson Bull particularly, as a result of it is a bit extra constant via the entire yr, we’re slower down the straights,” he added.
“Their foremost power this yr is the straight-line pace. We appear to be a bit faster within the corners, however on tracks like right here it isn’t sufficient to achieve again the benefit that they’ve on the straights.
“In comparison with Crimson Bull I feel this would be the case this weekend. In comparison with Mercedes it’s troublesome to make predictions for this weekend, they’ve had ups and downs.”