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Charles Leclerc

Ferrari weakness is 'biggest' in F1 field - Leclerc

The team could only manage ninth and 10th last time out at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc feels Ferrari's weakness in dealing with wind conditions is the biggest on the entire Formula 1 grid.

Despite upgrades being added to the SF-23 machine, Ferrari has been unable to dial out the wind-sensitivity while improving high-speed performance - both traits which contributed towards a lowly result of ninth and 10th at Silverstone - with wind usually a factor at the old RAF airfield.

The Hungarian Grand Prix should suit the Ferrari package more this weekend, but Leclerc feels more work is still needed to rectify the wind issue.

Leclerc on wind troubles

"It is going in the right direction, then, as we've seen in the last race at Silverstone, whenever the wind really picks up (as it did on Sunday), then we've got one of our main weaknesses," Leclerc told media including RacingNews365.

"But we did some steps forward.

"On paper, [the Hungaroring] fits a little bit more our car, but again, every weekend, there seems to be a surprise by one or another team [in the battle behind Red Bull], so let's see.

"We understand where we are going to struggle - and unfortunately, Silverstone was one of those, we knew that it wasn't going to be a great weekend for us. Saturday went pretty well, considering what we expected, but then Sunday was worse than what we expected, but we know why.

"Wind conditions is a big thing, and for us, it has a big influence, and is probably bigger than any other car on the grid.

"We just struggle with consistency in those situations - we did a big step forward at the end of the year as it was quite a bit worse than that [in 2022.]

"I have no doubt that we will improve, then we need some time in order to the parts and for the engineers to find the best way to tackle the issue.

"We've already seen positive steps of going in that direction - we just need to keep pushing."

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