Charles Leclerc had a difficult qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, reporting a problem with his rear tyres over the radio. Despite struggling to hook up a solid qualifying lap, Leclerc was under pressure to secure a Q2 spot in the final seconds of the session. Unfortunately, he could do no better than 19th, while his team-mate Carlos Sainz sailed through in fourth. Leclerc later reported that he did not know what was wrong with his Ferrari‘s left-hand corners during Q1.
After qualifying, Leclerc elaborated on his struggles, stating that “through the left-hand corners, [the car] was undriveable”. This was in contrast to his experience in the third free practice session, where he had no issues. Leclerc initially thought there was a problem with his tyres, but the issue persisted on his second set.
Leclerc revealed that his car’s odd behaviour nearly caused him to crash during the session. He stated that “even during the first red flag, I nearly lost it and put it into the gravel in a left-hand corner”. He highlighted that the car’s behaviour was “very, very weird” and that the team would have to thoroughly check the car.
Speaking about the issue, Leclerc admitted he didn’t have the answers. “For now, the only thing I can say is that the left-hand corners were undriveable,” he said. “There’s just something off in the left-hand corners that we need to analyse and understand because it was very far off what I expected.” Despite this disappointment, Leclerc remains hopeful to make up ground in the race.