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Leclerc 'experimenting' with driving styles to maximise SF-23

Charles Leclerc is enthusiastic about the 'steps forward' made by the Ferrari team during the pre-season F1 test in Bahrain.

Charles Leclerc has been attempting to extract the maximum performance from the Ferrari SF-23 by altering his driving style to suit the new car. The Monegasque topped the morning session of the final day of pre-season testing before handing over the new car to teammate Carlos Sainz. With the team hoping to challenge for championships in 2023, Leclerc had earlier commented that Ferrari had pursued a slightly different performance direction, with the team aiming to achieve more straight line speed to keep up with Red Bull. Following a reliable day for Ferrari, Leclerc revealed that he had been attempting to adapt to the new car by altering his driving style.

"We have three very intensive days of testing behind us," Leclerc said after the final day of pre-season testing. "The first day was all about running big scans and trying to understand how well our data matches what we predicted at the factory. What we learned is that there is quite a good correlation. "We focused a lot on set-up work this week and made some good steps forward. I also tried out some different driving styles to test what suits me best in this new car. "We’ll be back next week for the opening race of the season and it will be interesting to see where all teams stand in relation to their closest competitors."

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