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Charles Leclerc

Ferrari not giving Leclerc required 'feeling' as struggles continue

The Monegasque has endured a tricky season, and retired from the Dutch Grand Prix with floor damage.

Charles Leclerc Zandvoort
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Charles Leclerc says he "doesn't know what to expect" from his Ferrari Formula 1 car as the team battles to solve its problems.

Hopes of a title push in 2023 have faltered for Ferrari, with just three podiums to its name as the SF-23 has struggled with race pace and balance issues, although it does remain quick over a single lap in qualifying.

Over the course of the recent Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, Leclerc reported that he was getting a mixture of understeer and oversteer, with the car struggling around Turns 1, 9 and 10 of the coastal track.

Such is the performance swings of the car, Leclerc expressed his opinion that extracting consistency from the package is a high-priority target.

Leclerc's SF-23 feeling

"We know what we need to be working on, and this is the consistency of the car," Leclerc told media including RacingNews365.

"Th ere is no doubt that we have made steps forward since the beginning of the year, but we are still far off and for some reason [at Zandvoort] it is more than we would have expected.

"We know it is still a weakness, the consistency of the car, and we are working towards [fixing it].

"It is very difficult every time you get into the car, not knowing what you are going to get.

"It is not a situation that I like."

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