Leclerc: Pace was very good, I will try to push for a podium


Charles Leclerc is targeting a podium finish at the British Grand Prix after impressing during Sprint Qualifying on Saturday.

Leclerc qualified fourth on Friday evening, before holding that position during the 100km sprint the following day.

The 23-year-old’s pace was impressive on Saturday as he kept close to Valtteri Bottas ahead, while pulling away from the rest of the midfield.

“Even though it was quite a lonely race, I actually enjoyed it,” Leclerc said. “To be pushing so much for 17 laps, flat-out, is a bit different. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“I don’t see any reason why we’ll struggle more tomorrow than today, apart from maybe if conditions change. But it should be fine. It will change for everyone and hopefully we’ll keep that pace tomorrow.”

Leclerc will start the Grand Prix from fourth and has not ruled out fighting for a podium.

“Today the pace was very, very good,” he added.

“I could stay behind Valtteri all the race, more or less, at a reasonable distance without him pulling away too much, so that is positive for tomorrow.

“I will try to push for a podium for sure, but if we don’t make the position at the start, it’s going to be difficult to overtake on track. So we definitely need to try and make a position at the start without taking too many risks, because we’re not fighting Mercedes and Red Bull this year. But if there’s an opportunity, I will take it.”