Charles Leclerc is looking forward to getting back into his Ferrari for qualifying after an impressive showing during Friday practice, though his day wasn't without problems.
The Monegasque driver finished fourth and fifth during the two sessions, with the Scuderia's race pace confirming that the improvements shown in Bahrain weren't just a flash in the pan.
While Leclerc's day ended early after crashing at the Rivazza with minutes remaining in FP2, the Ferrari driver was pleased with how his day went overall.
"I made a mistake while pushing flat out in race trim," Leclerc stated via a Ferrari press release. "I’m sorry for the guys but at least there were only two minutes to go.
"I was pleased with my quick lap: the time that was cancelled because of a couple of centimetres would have been quickest overall and even over a long run I think we have found a good balance. The track is really great and I can’t wait to get back in the car tomorrow for qualifying, when I think a good result can be within our grasp."
Mercedes finished the day 1-2 in both sessions while Red Bull struggled with various issues. While Leclerc is pleased with Ferrari's pace so far, he wants to see how it stacks up with other teams before making any definitive statements.
"This was definitely a good day, despite the time lost in the first session and the incident just at the end of the second one," Leclerc added. "The car is quick, the balance is good and I felt at ease immediately.
"Of course, it’s only tomorrow that we will find out the pecking order, because maybe someone hasn’t shown their full potential."