Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Fiorano, 2023

Leclerc’s first two laps in new Ferrari ‘really good’ RaceFans

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Charles Leclerc gave his first impressions of Ferrari’s new SF-23 after he was the primary particular person to drive it on the crew’s Fiorano take a look at monitor.

“It feels good,” he mentioned. “After driving so many kilometers within the simulator, the primary kilometers really feel particular with this new mission.

“Every little thing went easily, frankly it is exhausting to enter particulars on two laps, however after getting within the automobile I gave suggestions to the engineers to get the primary really feel.” The automobile was operating nicely, it was clean, every part went rather well.”

A coin toss determined which of Ferrari’s drivers would beat Leclerc’s SF-23. Teammate Carlos Sainz took three extra laps within the automobile after his run and time-sharing with the crew.

After Leclerc bought out of the automobile, “It is nice to have a grandstand in Fiorano when all of the Tifosi are right here.” “There’s additionally a whole lot of Tifosi on the bridge. It is very, very particular to really feel the help on a day like this. I do not suppose it has occurred to different groups and that is why Ferrari may be very particular.

“On the similar time, due to all Tifosi all around the world who helped and challenged us in our good instances, however particularly in our unhealthy instances. I actually hope this season shall be an important one. It felt good.”

Sainz mentioned the brand new automobile “appears tremendous, very cool – I believe it is one step higher than final 12 months, and I imagine we have already got probably the most stunning automobiles of final 12 months.”

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“Now [with our runs today] You simply be sure to do one setup lap, that the brakes work nicely, that you simply begin to really feel the engine, traction and a bit of little bit of the tyres,” he added. “You set a bit of extra lateral load on the automobile, longitudinally, you begin to really feel first issues from the automobile.

“As quickly because the automobile and every part are heat, [Charles] will push. That is our nature. He’ll attempt to take a bit of little bit of that out of it and have the primary really feel, so we’ll meet with the engineers later and provides them our first impressions, which shall be very refined.”

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