Ferrari’s Leclerc: I waited for the rain that never came

It was a disappointing day at the office for Charles Leclerc as the Ferrari driver will start Saturday's sprint from 10th on the grid after his tyre strategy backfired.

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Charles Leclerc couldn’t hide his disappointment after qualifying 10th for the 2022 Brazilian GP Sprint Race, stating he had the pace to fight for spot at the front of the grid.

It all went wrong for Leclerc at the start of Q3 when he took the track on intermediates – the only driver to do so – as Ferrari were hoping for rain.

Instead the Monegasque struggled around the course, coming into the pits before setting a time, and sarcastically complimenting his team on the “beautiful” result.

After the session, Leclerc made it clear he was very disappointed with how things played out

“We were expecting some rain which never came,” said Leclerc afterwards. “I’ll speak with the team and try to understand what we can do better in those conditions.

“I’m extremely disappointed because the pace was there. We still have the car but now we need to make sure we do everything well for the weekend.

“I accepted the decision to go on inters and then I just waited for the rain that never came.”

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari before the 2022 Brazilian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Magnussen on pole

Kevin Magnussen took a shock pole position, his and Haas‘s first ever in wet conditions at Interlagos. The Dane was one of a handful of drivers set a time at the beginning of Q3 before George Russell spun off and brought out the red flags.

The session was suspended as rain fell on the track, which prevented drivers from improving their times, though Leclerc‘s session was already ruined by that point.

Adriano Boin
Adriano Boin
Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1 and Ferrari.
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