Belgian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc says he was surprised by the extent of his advantage over the field in Q3.
Charles Leclerc took a dominant pole position during qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, claiming the fastest time of 1:42.519 to go 0.7 seconds clear of Sebastian Vettel, who finished P2.
Speaking afterwards, the delighted Monegasque driver said that he was surprised by the margin he enjoyed by the end of the session: “It obviously feels amazing but it was very tricky, especially in Q3. The start of the lap was always very messy because there was a lot of traffic with all the cars around but I managed to get the full lap in. I’m very happy and didn’t expect that much of an advantage.”
However, he pointed out that Ferrari’s relative lack of advantage over a race distance means that the Grand Prix itself could be an entirely different matter: “We have been quick since FP1 but on race simulations, we weren’t as quick. So, tomorrow isn’t going to be easy. We’ll try to give everything. A big gap in qualifying doesn’t mean a big gap in the race.”