Charles Leclerc suffers British GP setback

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has been handed a blow at the 2023 British GP.

Charles Leclerc headed into qualifying at the British Grand Prix having topped Free Practice 3, something which would’ve likely left the Ferrari driver feeling relieved.

Leclerc’s running on Friday was limited following an electrical issue in Free Practice 2, which saw him miss the entire session.

Given that most drivers completed their race runs in FP2, Leclerc is certainly heading into Sunday on the backfoot, putting further emphasis on qualifying as high as possible to limit the damage.

He was unable to complete a race run in FP3 due to light rain throughout the bulk of the session, with his pacesetting time having been set on the Softs in the opening minutes.

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Despite having completed less running than everybody else, he’ll likely be delighted to have gotten through FP3 without an issue.

Leclerc revealed after FP2 on Friday that Ferrari “changed basically everything”, following the electrical issue.

“There was a small problem on the car but it’s like this. I think the team has identified what went wrong,” Leclerc said on Friday.

“We’ve changed basically everything that was on the car and it should be fine for tomorrow.

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“An electrical issue, so it shouldn’t have any influence on our weekend, apart from the lack of kilometres and laps in FP2.”

The 25-year-old openly admitted that missing the entirety of FP2 was a “bit unfortunate” and leaves him entering the race in the dark slightly.

Nevertheless, Leclerc has been feeling “pretty good” in the car when he has been out on track, something which should fill him with some confidence.

“That’s a bit unfortunate because that’s where we normally prepare the race and Sunday seems to be dry, so we’ll go a little bit into the unknown there,” Leclerc admitted. 

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“But tomorrow should be very different with rain around, so let’s see.

“In FP1, of course we learnt a few things, then we did all the changes to learn more in FP2 that we couldn’t test, so that’s a bit of a shame.

“I think we’ll come back with the car I had in FP1 as the feeling was pretty good, then learning when you don’t drive is pretty difficult.”