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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc concerned after being 'all over the place' in Sprint

The Ferrari driver slipped to 12th in the Sprint on Saturday.

Leclerc Austria
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Charles Leclerc has conceded he is "all over the place" in half-dry, half-wet conditions after failing to score in the Austrian Grand Prix Sprint.

The Ferrari driver was hit with bad news before the 24-lap event even begun after being handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding in the Shootout, which left him ninth on the grid on Saturday.

Leclerc was unable to make progress past Alpine's Esteban Ocon and Williams driver Alex Albon as the track dried, falling further back when making the change to Slick tyres late in the race, eventually finishing 12th.

A worrying trend has started to develop in similar conditions, having struggled for pace in Canada and Spanish Grand Prix qualifying for the Scuderia.

Assessing his Saturday's running, Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Eventful but slow.

"At the moment, I am struggling like crazy whenever it is half-dry, half-wet with Slicks - I am just completely all over the place.

"It is three races in a row we find ourselves in these conditions and I am always struggling, always seem to do something wrong with my driving style that doesn't help the car that makes me lose confidence.

"Then I am just really struggling. It is a shame but I will work harder than ever to be stronger in those conditions as soon as possible."

Similar conditions have been forecast for the main event and asked whether he was concerned a repeat performance could follow, Leclerc replied: "If it does rain again and it is again in the half-dry, half-wet conditions then yes.

"If it is full-dry or full-wet then no, because I know that in those conditions we are strong and I feel good, it is more in the in-between conditions I am struggling."

F1 2023 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier


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