Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will begin the Spanish Grand Prix from the pit-lane, following modifications made to his car. Leclerc had qualified in 19th place and had already suspected that his car was experiencing difficulties. Ferrari subsequently announced that they had made adjustments to the rear of the car to facilitate further exploration, which will occur at their headquarters in Maranello, Italy. Senior engineer Jock Clear revealed that the team changed the car’s gearbox to eliminate any potential issues. Leclerc had mentioned his concerns following qualifying, stating that his car was presenting him with unusual problems.
“We will have to check the data and most of all check the car because there was definitely something strange,” he said. “I nearly lost it during the red flag [in Q1] and I was at 70 km/h and there was just no warning. The left-hand corners were really, really bad, with the rear right and I first thought it was the tyres, so we went with a new set of tyres and on the new set of tyres it was the same feeling — right-hand corners really good, left-hand corners completely off. We will have to check, but I would be very surprised if we don’t find something on the car.”