Leclerc “very happy” with Q2 performance for home Grand Prix

Monegasque driver qualifies 14th for home event

Monaco Grand Prix – Sauber’s Charles Leclerc will line up in fourteenth place for his home Grand Prix after progressing into the second part of qualifying.

This weekend, the rookie Sauber driver will take part in his home Grand Prix, becoming the first Monegasque driver to compete in Monaco since Olivier Beretta.

Despite this year’s Sauber not having high levels of downforce, Leclerc was able to guide the C37 to fourteenth place on the grid, a feat he’s achieved for the third race in a row.

Speaking after qualifying, Leclerc believed that it was Sauber’s best qualifying effort of the year.

“I’m very happy with both of my laps in Q1 and Q2, which is the first time this year, because at the last two Grands Prix I’ve been very happy about my lap in Q1, but in Q2 I was always doing some mistakes,” said Leclerc.

“I think we really maximised the potential of the car today, so it’s great to have a P14.”

“I think you can always get more from the car, but I was very happy about both of my laps. It is a very difficult race for us this weekend. The car is difficult to drive, it’s sliding around a lot on all four wheels because of the lack of downforce compared to the others, so it’s not easy.

“I think it’s the best performance that we’ve had in qualifying since the beginning of the year, but the others probably didn’t manage to get their laps right in Q1, and then we stayed more or less where we were because we were already on limit.”

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