Over the last season one thing has stood out for this Judge, and that is Charles Leclerc’s qualifying performances during this 2020 Formula 1 season – yesterday’s performance at the Sakir Grand Prix justifies this praise.
OK, perhaps the comparison to Alonso isn’t strictly accurate. The Spaniard has always had good pace on a Saturday during his prime years in the noughties, and perhaps by the Ferrari era on most definitely by the McLaren era, one could argue it was a Sunday that the best kind of Alonso would appear, rather than the single-lap pace required for qualifying.
But regardless, the astonishing aspect of Alonso was always to drag a car further forward than it ought to be. And certainly, this season, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is currently performing on a similar level during qualifying in a woefully poor Ferrari.
So really this post isn’t news, more just an appreciation of a decent lap unaided by a presumed slipstream, which can be viewed below. Enjoy.
Qualifying Review: 2020 FORMULA 1 ROLEX SAKHIR GRAND PRIX
Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor Mattpt55
Ambient 24° Track 27° Humidity 77.8% Wind 0.6 m/s
Pitch black, night fully descended on the paddock, the moon hanging high over the track with the manmade lights a million diamond points scattered across the desert as the teams frantically prepared for the certain to be utterly mad qualifying session. Ferrari definitely the….. READ MORE
What matters is Sunday, and without Ferrari’s “special” engine, Leclerc makes the same mistakes over and over. He’s still driving in a race like a rookie. He’d better learn from his mistakes quick because his teammate next season won’t roll over and play dead like Vettel has.