Charles Leclerc showed the fourth time in the second training session of the Portuguese Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver is pleased with the speed on a fast lap, but lamented that it was not possible to assess the wear of the tires on a long series. His teammate Sebastian Vettel showed sixth time.
Charles Leclair (4th): “Nice day. We’ll see what happens next, but today we did not manage to work properly on a long series of laps with regular tires, as we spent most of the time testing Pirelli prototypes. In the last race, the efficiency of rubber was our weak point, but let’s see what situation we find ourselves in this Sunday. But when it comes to speed on a fast lap, our pace looks promising.
The asphalt was very slippery, but the track itself is amazing. It took me a few laps to find the rhythm as I didn’t see the apexes, but then everything was fine. To be honest, I expected the track condition to improve rapidly, but this did not happen. Tire adhesion was low both at the beginning of the first workout and at the end of the second.
An interesting race awaits us. It is difficult to say in what positions we will find ourselves, but the advantage will be given to the one who avoids mistakes in qualifying. In the race we will try to squeeze the maximum out of the car.
Tire prototypes? I didn’t notice much difference with the ones we use now. Hopefully Pirelli saw some of the advantage that the new tires provide. “
Sebastian Vettel (6th): “The track is very slippery due to the new asphalt, but smooth and quite interesting. I have never been to Portimao before, so today is my first day – I liked it. I guess we got proof that there are many exciting tracks, you just have to pick the right ones.
I suppose we will add more tomorrow, because we know in which direction to work further. However, it is difficult to assess the balance of power, since not everyone was able to drive a fast circle. Someone today tried to find the correct rhythm, someone worked more with rubber, so we will see the true picture tomorrow, but it feels like everything is in order. The car is acting a little jittery due to the elevation difference, but I suppose everyone else can say the same.
I am always optimistic, but still prefer to concentrate on my tasks. I will try to work better tomorrow and squeeze more out of the car. “