After another pole position, Charles Leclerc continues to focus on the ‘negative’ to continue improving and says his pole position lap has been great except for a minor loss of rear end in the last sector.
Leclerc took pole positions in Belgium, Italy, Singapore and Russia to become the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2000/2001 to secure four consecutive poles for Ferrari while Mercedes didn’t take pole position since German GP when both Ferrari drivers had technical problems.
Ferrari has been the fastest in Russia since the first practice session and Leclerc looked faster than Vettel all weekend to win the pole with more than four tenths advantage in the final part of qualifying.
Leclerc and Vettel will start the race on soft Pirelli tyres, unlike Hamilton and Bottas who will start on the mediums on which they progressed in Q3.
“The car was amazing to drive and the team did a great job anticipating the track evolution and setting up the car in the best way,” said Leclerc.
“We are just focusing on ourselves and the work we are doing seems to be slowly paying off. On my side, I continue focusing on the negative and working to improve and learn as much as I can.”
“The lap in Q3 was great, apart from when I lost the rear a bit in turns 16 and 17. I’m still happy to end the day with a result like this, but I am already fully focused on the race now.”
“Our race pace was good in FP2, which is a positive sign. We will start the race on different tyres to our competitors, but I don’t think that there is a huge difference between the soft and medium compounds in terms of their degradation.”
“It will be difficult and crucial to keep everyone behind at the start, because it’s a long way to turn two. I will give it all I’ve got.”