Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc shone in Saturday’s qualifying for the Sakhir Formula One Grand Prix because the Monegasque pulled out a lap adequate for a shock fourth place on the grid. The 23-year-old had just one set of tyres left to use throughout the last pole-position shootout section of qualifying.
He made it rely, although, placing in a 53.613-second lap that was bettered solely by the dominant Mercedes vehicles and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
“I am so happy with fourth place,” stated Leclerc, who went out for his sole effort early in the session earlier than parking up and watching the battle for pole from the pits.
“We took a chance by going out at the beginning of the session,” he stated. “We could have waited, but because of the risk of traffic and because I had a clear idea of what to do, I chose to go out immediately and I managed to put together a good lap.
“After that, I got out of the car because I had no more new tyres and I knew that realistically I could not beat the time I’d just set,” Leclerc, who will line up alongside Verstappen on the second row of the grid, added.
Leclerc’s Saturday show, which matched his greatest qualifying end result this season, gave Ferrari one thing to have fun on the finish of a tricky yr.
But having sat out a lot of Friday’s second apply session with a driveshaft problem, whether or not he can convert that into a powerful end result in the race stays to be seen.
“Going into the race, I have to say it’s a bit of a step into the unknown…,” stated the two-times race winner, whose staff mate Sebastian Vettel will begin 13th after failing to make previous the second section of qualifying.
“I don’t think we have the third fastest car here, but I plan to make the most of my start position in this race.”