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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc pinpoints major Ferrari weakness

The Ferrari driver has identified where the SF-23 is lacking compared to their near rivals.

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Charles Leclerc has identified the wind-sensitivity as an area of concern for Ferrari and their SF-23 Formula 1 car.

It has been an underwhelming start to the season for Ferrari, with just 78 points from five races and a single podium finish, via Leclerc in Azerbaijan where he also took both pole positions on the sprint weekend in what was the Scuderia's best weekend thus far.

In Miami, Leclerc crashed twice over the Grand Prix weekend and had a quiet race as he could only manage seventh place with teammate Carlos Sainz coming home fifth.

And Leclerc believes that a trait of the car that must be addressed is the sensitivity to the weather conditions.

Leclerc explains Ferrari trouble

"We know we have a weakness in terms of tailwind," Leclerc told media including RacingNews365.

"Whenever we have a tailwind, we suffer more than other cars, but I want the car to be very tricky [to drive] because I know that's the way you need to drive these cars.

"The car this year is much more wind sensitive and we are struggling much more with it.

"It is also consistency as we sometimes feel like we have done a step forward and then you arrive with some very particular conditions, and it is warmer than other races.

"And then we are completely out of the window with the tyres.

"[Imola] is going to be very different with different weather and we will have so new parts on the cars which I hope will go in the right direction.

"We are working on that consistency and I am hopeful we'll see the first progress there."

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