Charles Leclerc States No Confidence Lost For Ferrari In Wet Conditions

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

He might not have been the fastest in the two practice sessions to have taken place so far at Montreal, home to the Canadian Grand Prix, but that does not mean that Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is shy of confidence as he and Ferrari gear up to face the next big racing challenge up ahead.

Speaking his mind ahead of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc basically cut a promising figure when asked about the chances of his team in what could be an utterly rain-infested and gruelling battle at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

In the first practice session at Montreal, Sainz and Leclerc emerged second and third fastest overall; this was despite the track being punctuated by heavy rains. This wasn’t to change, however, as in the second practice session there was no respite from the wet and slippery driving conditions.

And while it was Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso who led the charge in an encouraging lap time that saw him emerge the quickest on the grid, Charles Leclerc didn’t appear worried at all.

Sharing his thoughts to the media ahead of the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, Formula 1’s latest Grand Prix winner, Charles Leclerc alluded to the fact that his car’s package looks pretty exciting and could well help him mount a serious charge at Montreal.

While he suggested that every time (you) go out there, one encounters a different feeling on the tricky conditions, it didn’t seem to hamper his confidence a bit. Having said that, Leclerc also highlighted the fact that with every single lap that he and his Spanish teammate Sainz did at the challenging Montreal conditions, they gained a lot of understanding and added to their confidence with respect to the battling conditions out there.

From a histórical point of view, Canada hasn’t been a massive advantage or a reason for endless happiness for Leclerc. As on date, Charles Leclerc has bagged a single podium at Montreal, home to what is often considered one of the longest and fastest tracks on the F1 calendar.

Leclerc’s best performance in an F1 car around Canada came in the year 2019, when driving in his maiden season with Scuderia Ferrari, he would secure a fighting third. That year the car was racy and rampant, which is also the case this year. But will it, therefore, mean that Leclerc can go ahead and deliver a belter of a performance?

There’s time to reflect on that. But before we engage in any sort of thought making or conjecturing, there are two interesting narratives panning out here at Canada. First, Max Verstappen is far from being the quickest as seen so far, though this could change in the qualifying. And second, both George Russell and Fernando Alonso are apparently ballsy as seen in the two practice sessions.

Who will hold the edge in qualifying forms the biggest discussion point as track temperature and sliding conditions could well have their say?

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