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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc: Ferrari tyre issues left me feeling helpless

Charles Leclerc has explained the tyre problems that afflicted Ferrari in France are likely to surface on occasion during the season, and are making him feel 'helpless'.

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Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has explained that he expects the tyre issues that hampered their French Grand Prix to return on occasion.

Neither Ferrari driver made it into the points at Paul Ricard, with significant tyre degradation sending the pair backwards during the race. Leclerc admitted the team were caught off guard by just how the wear had been, compared to what they'd seen in practice.

"Well, we don't know because we didn't expect it at such an extent in France," Leclerc told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.

"So yeah, we are expecting the same issue again anytime in the season, but we don't really know when. But we are trying to fix it as quickly as possible and, hopefully, it will make this issue less of a problem very, very soon."

Asked whether there was anything he could do differently as a driver to help with the significant wear, Leclerc explained that he had already tried a different approach in France.

"Well, this is the biggest reason why we did a second pitstop basically to try something different anyway. we'd have dropped out of the points even if we wouldn't have stopped another time, so it wasn't ideal for the race.

"But at least we tried and and learn something but yeah, I tried a different approach and it didn't change much so there's not much we can do now.

"Obviously, we can always do better as drivers and we are also looking into that to try and and improve the way we manage the tyres. But I felt a bit helpless there, trying different things."

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