Ferrari boss reveals how Charles Leclerc tried to improve in the wet

Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur has praised Charles Leclerc for trying to overcome challenging track conditions.

The challenges Charles Leclerc encountered while manoeuvring Ferrari’s SF-23 under damp circumstances were effectively addressed by the Monégasque driver during a rain-interrupted first practice session at Silverstone. 

Ferrari’s team principal, Fred Vasseur, affirmed that Leclerc’s strategic decision to run laps on slick tires in the wet conditions proved instrumental in conquering his difficulties.

Vasseur noted that Leclerc’s subsequent performance at Spa-Francorchamps served as a testament to his ability to navigate mixed conditions. 

The rain-affected practice session at Silverstone bolstered Leclerc’s confidence and played a pivotal role in ironing out his challenges.

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Highlighting Leclerc’s recent journey, Vasseur elucidated, “He had two difficult races in a row.

“He had Barcelona – the quali – and then Spielberg, or Canada, but in mixed conditions.

“He wanted to do some laps with slicks in Silverstone on the wet also to have a good feeling without pressure, without lap time, and I think he did it and he did perfectly.”

Vasseur exuded confidence in Leclerc’s ability to surmount challenges, reflecting on their longstanding association. 

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“I think he had a poor session in Barcelona, that didn’t go pretty well, but I think the conditions were more than tricky, and he was a bit surprised with this. 

“But it’s behind us. 

“He showed that in these tricky conditions, he was able to be consistently in the front of the pack and he did a good job.”

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The recent Spa-Francorchamps outing showcased Leclerc’s adeptness in demanding conditions, as he consistently positioned himself towards the front of the grid. 

Leclerc secured his third podium finish of the season, having ended Azerbaijan in P3 and the Austrian Grand Prix in P2.

Ferrari is still facing a tough uphill climb this year, currently sat in P4 of the Constructors’ Standings with 191 points, less than half of title leaders Red Bull.