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Charles Leclerc praises the performance of Ferrari modifications in Imola, saying, “Qualifying will be super important”

Imola, Italy, May 18: Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc expressed satisfaction with his day on the track but stressed that they needed to “keep our feet on the ground” in order to prepare for qualifying as the Italian team made a number of adjustments.

Leclerc seemed comfortable in his SF-24, having led the timesheets in both of Friday’s practice sessions at Imola.

“So far, everything has gone without a hitch. The vehicle feels quite fantastic, and it’s a positive step that the enhancements are functioning as planned. Being at home is always a special feeling for Ferrari; being here and having so much support all around the track means so much for all of us,” Leclerc said, as cited by Formula 1. “And yes, it’s been a pretty smooth day so it is amazing.”

“If the weekend keeps going in that manner, it will be fantastic. But tomorrow, everything will drastically alter. We need to be the greatest at predicting such changes because the wind will entirely shift, which will have a significant impact on every automobile,” he said.

Red Bull seemed to be struggling on the day in comparison to Ferrari’s performance, as Max Verstappen expressed frustration over a lack of grip in both practice sessions.

When asked whether he was thinking about how Sunday’s race and qualifying would turn out in light of this, Leclerc said, “We need to keep our feet on the ground because tomorrow is going to be big changes with the track conditions.”

Track position is crucial in this situation; therefore, qualifying is crucial, and it will be crucial that we do well in qualifying. Thus, there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re going to do all in our power to qualify well tomorrow,” Leclerc said.

Carlos Sainz, Leclerc’s teammate, also had positive things to say about the race on Friday. The Spaniard concluded FP2 in sixth position on the timesheets, having finished third in FP1.

“I’m in excellent spirits. We used FP2 as a little test run to try a few things after I had a great FP1 and felt quite comfortable with the vehicle, Sainz stated.

We haven’t had a chance to test in a while since there have been two consecutive Sprint weekends. We definitely went in the wrong direction when we tried a few things and played about with the vehicle setup, but we’ll return to the FP1 setup and hopefully feel better tomorrow,” he said.

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