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Leclerc remains confident despite 'mistake' behind FP2 crash

Charles Leclerc's Friday running at the Mexican Grand Prix came to an early end when he suffered a heavy crash in Free Practice 2. However, the Monegasque is not concerned about this affecting the rest of his weekend.

Charles Leclerc is confident that his Free Practice 2 crash at the Mexican Grand Prix will not have an impact on the rest of his weekend. The Ferrari driver suffered an incident at Turn 7 of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and hit the barrier at Turn 8 as a result. Leclerc was unhurt and returned to the pits, but his F1-75 suffered heavy damage at the rear. Despite this, the Monegasque had been feeling positive about his prospects during the earlier Free Practice 1 session, and remains hopeful for what he can achieve on Saturday.

Leclerc admits 'mistake' caused FP2 crash

Speaking after the session, Leclerc admitted that the FP2 spin had been his own error, but expressed confidence for the remainder of the weekend. "To be honest, the feeling is good," Leclerc explained. "We've been quite unlucky in FP1. On my side, I had a puncture on the out lap, so not many laps [completed]. "But in the few laps that I've done, I was happy with the car. "In FP2, the same on the short runs, then I lost the rear at the start of the high-fuel [runs], so it was a limited amount of laps. "That was my mistake, but I'm confident it won't hurt our weekend."

Leclerc: I'm confident the performance will be there

When asked about the possible impact of any damage, Leclerc suggested that this wouldn't be a concern. "I don't think any of it will compromise us," the 25-year-old commented. "I think we have enough bits with all the penalties we've had in the past, so it should be fine." Leclerc also believes that the team collected enough data to understand what will work during Saturday's running. "I'm sure. In FP2 we tried something on my car which I didn't particularly like, so I wasn't as much at ease with the car than I was in FP1," he added. "But I know what to do for tomorrow, so [I'm] confident the performance will be there."

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