Charles Leclerc appears positive about the progress Ferrari has made over the off-season, but warned against making a judgement too early on.
Leclerc is back in the SF21 for the afternoon session on Saturday after a solid opening morning where he completed 59 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit.
While the obvious area to target improvement for Ferrari over the off-season was their power-unit, there also seems to have been a focus on improving rear grip.
Asked whether the team had been able to improve their rear end stability, he said: “I think there’s been some work on that, and the first data that we have seen on track are correlating with the ones that we’ve had back in Maranello before this tests so this is already positive.
“Then again to give a feedback or a feeling on the car now in those conditions is very very difficult.
“But to see that we made some work on it, and that the data is correlating well with the ones that we have in Maranello, is already a good sign on that.”
When asked about how the new power-unit felt, Leclerc explained that the conditions made commenting either way “very difficult”.
“Everything feels quite good,” he said.
“But again, it’s very difficult to comment now, nobody’s pushing everything to its limit, especially in those conditions. So, for now it’s early days but everything feels good and as I said, stacks up with what we expected.”
(Additional Reporting: Agnes Carlier).
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