A very intriguing onboard of Charles Leclerc has surfaced from the Canadian Grand Prix, when he was asked to do some burnouts.
Due to the pit limiter being on, it is more difficult to spin the car in the pit lane as long as the driver is not too aggressive with their steering and throttle inputs.
In wet conditions, this is naturally a little more difficult, but in the short video footage, Leclerc was asked by his engineer to slow down, perform some burnouts on the tyres to get the temperatures, before doing a practice start in second gear at the end of the pit lane.
This also helps to get some heat into the gearbox, but the trick is making sure the engine does not subsequently overheat.
The Monegasque was told to do “as many burnouts as you can,” while not finding a bite point.
He was also asked to only hit one red light on the dash, all of which ensured he did not get too much wheelspin off his start.
The 24-year-old started 19th in Canada after being given a grid penalty for taking a new power unit, and he recovered to P5 at the end of the race.
Leclerc spent a long time stuck behind the Alpine of Esteban Ocon in his first stint, before a slow stop put him into the train led by Lance Stroll.
He eventually got past Daniel Ricciardo, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu and Stroll, but the time loss meant that Ocon and Fernando Alonso cleared him when they pitted under a Safety Car following Tsunoda’s crash.
In the end, it was a difficult day for the Ferrari driver.
“Not great,” he told Lawrence Barretto in the media pen after the race.
“It was a super frustrating race, obviously we were fighting with cars that had much fresher tyres so out of Turn 10, I had no traction at all compared to them.
“And it was just very difficult to make the overtakes, like with Esteban I think I stayed basically loads and loads of laps behind him so a bit frustrating.
“Towards the end with the same tyre age, I could be a bit more aggressive and launch into Turn 10, which is where we made the positions.
“But overall, starting from last you cannot expect much more, especially because the Mercedes looked quite strong today, so it’s like this.”
The four-time race winner had to get his elbows out while overtaking a little more than he would have to in ordinary circumstances.
“I had to be a bit more aggressive than what I would have liked,” explained Leclerc.
“Obviously, I knew that I had to take points today, but nothing really went our way today with the pit stop also where we struggled with the pit stop.
“That made us fall behind the four cars that we were trying to clear so then I was in another DRS train and had to make up for it so it’s like this.
“But, considering the different situation we found ourselves in, that was the best result possible.”
Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz finished second just behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez retired from the race with a gearbox issue.