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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc dejected as Red Bull prove 'way too fast' for Ferrari

The Ferrari driver struggles to understand where they are losing out to Verstappen.

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Charles Leclerc was left dejected as Red Bull proved to be "way to fast" for Ferrari at the Belgian GP qualifying.

Ferrari were no match for their championship rivals after Max Verstappen finished the qualifying hour as the fastest driver by over half-a-second.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the session, Leclerc echoed the comments of teammate Carlos Sainz as he said Ferrari are "not at the level" this weekend to challenge the pace of Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

"They are way too fast. There's nothing we could’ve done. Nothing that would have changed anything for our starting positions [anyway].

"We have to beat Max [Verstappen] in qualifying but today the car is just not at that level."

Ferrari didn’t prepare car in qualifying as they normally do

At the start of Q3, Leclerc was heard over the team radio asking why the team put him on a new set of Soft tyres.

The team came back by telling him it was a mistake; he was meant to start on used Soft tyres which have been prepared properly. Despite the problems, Leclerc still feels there are opportunities in the race tomorrow.

"There's some potential, obviously because we didn't prepare qualifying as much as we normally do," added Leclerc.

"But when you see the gap to Max [Verstappen], it's quite a bit worrying. They are extremely quick, it's been the case since the beginning of the weekend, and we cannot explain quite why.

"We need to work and we'll try our best tomorrow, but they seemed to have found something this weekend."

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