Leclerc expects surprises in Monaco

5:49 pm

Leclerc: There will be surprises!

The Ferrari driver sees his racing team in a good position to race in the Principality. You have a good package. “I don’t know if we’re a favorite here,” he says, dampening expectations a bit.

He also announced that there will be “surprises”. He compares it to 2021, when Ferrari didn’t have a winning car. However, he had put the car on the shaft at that time.

He could imagine that something similar could happen this year. “But I’m sure we’ll be there in the fight for victory,” said Leclerc.

The only question is who will be there…


Withdrawal time!

This brings us to the end of today’s bar. The first training sessions will start tomorrow in Monaco, then my colleague Stefan Ellen will welcome you to a new edition.

Have a nice evening, enjoy the race this weekend and see you next!

7:55 pm

Leclerc: Stable management at Ferrari too?

Red Bull gave a stable direction in Barcelona. Could something like that be conceivable at Ferrari at such an early stage in the season? “I wasn’t with Mattia [Binotto] You’ve talked about it and haven’t heard anything yet, Locklear said when asked.

But he didn’t want to rely on such things anyway. “I just want to do the job in the car,” he explains. His goal is to win races without having to rely on instructions from the pit wall.

And this year you have proven that you are strong enough for that.

7:44 PM

Steiner: We’ll be there

Yesterday we reported on tape that Christian Horner had predicted that only three teams could start in the final races of the season because everyone ran out of money because of the budget limit.

Gunther Steiner noted this statement with a smile. If now you realize that money is narrowing, then you just have to save. In any case, he refuses to increase the budget ceiling.

“We’d be happy and Ferrari would be happy too if they didn’t come to the last four races,” he told Red Bull. You just have to split the money better if you notice that things are narrowing.

7:27 PM

Tires for upcoming races

Pirelli has announced tire compounds for the next three races. The thinnest of the three vehicles will be used in Monaco this weekend. This will be the case again at the following races in Baku and Canada.

Then in Silverstone, on the other hand, the harder mixtures C1 to C3 are available. Here is an overview:

7:17 PM

Leclerc: Rain? why not!

It currently appears that it may rain in Monaco on Sunday. Leclerc would have no problem with that. “Why not,” he replied when asked if he’d like some rain in the race.

At Imola, Ferrari has already proven to be “very competitive” even in the rain. This hasn’t always been the case in recent years, but in 2022 Ferrari also took a good place in the wet.

By the way, you can find our full weather forecast for the weekend here!

7:03 PM

Leclerc: Monaco must stay!

We have already talked about the fact that some observers consider Monaco to be old. Unsurprisingly, FC Monaco is committed to keeping its home race on the calendar going into the future.

“I think it would be a bad thing for both parties,” he says of the possible cancellation of the Monaco GP. Monaco simply belongs to Formula 1 – and vice versa. Formula 1 without Monaco is not Formula 1.

Circles like Silverstone and Monza also belong to the first category and should not be omitted, Leclerc explains.

6:47 PM

In keeping with this thread…

..this series of images come to mind! There are also some Monaco-specific paint finishes. We especially remember 2004, when a Jaguar suddenly lost a diamond…

Photo gallery: Red Bull shines in white for Honda: Formula 1 special paint

6:38 pm

Mickey Mouse Ferrari

No, this does not mean an insult in this case! Instead, we reported yesterday on tape that Leclerc and Sainz got a small supporting role in Disney’s new movie “Lightyear.”

It has now been announced that the collaboration will also extend to the weekend in Monaco. This is how Ferrari will announce the new movie on the car and the drivers’ racing suits.

It doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Because the big movie studios like to use Monaco GB as advertising space.

6:21 pm

Finally points for Schumacher?

Haas Team Leader Günther Steiner was asked about that question today as well. He explained that “90 percent” of the points in Monaco will already be awarded in qualifying on Saturday. “We were sprinting in Barcelona,” he recalls.

There, both drivers made it to Q3. According to him, this will be more than half the battle in Monaco. So far, something always happened to Schumacher when it looked like points.

“It’s going to happen at some point because the car is good enough,” Steiner said. “I think he can do it.” Maybe already in Monaco…

6:04 PM

Crack: “imbalance” in Spain

It’s unlikely that Aston Martin will be there when it comes to winning on Sunday. In Barcelona, ​​both pilots retired in the first quarter. Team leader Mike Crack explains: “It was much hotter than expected. It made us lose our balance.”

“The middle field is very close to each other from P7 to P15. If you make a little mistake or have a small problem, it’s going straight away. If things go smoothly, you move on to Q3, get used to the car, and then the world will see everything differently,” says Crack. “.

He admits: “We had two or three minor issues with the car – and as a result we went over the limit a little bit more than expected. We put that in the wrong place.” So it is possible that things are going a little better in Monaco.

But the current points will already be a small success for Aston Martin.

5:34 pm

Still Leclerc as a lone fighter?

While Perez has been able to support Verstappen again and again this year, Sainz has struggled to keep up with the pace at the top. Does Leclerc worry he’ll be a solo fighter against two Red Bulls most of the time?

“It doesn’t worry me because I know Carlos will be back very quickly,” Monaco said in a relaxed manner, explaining that his teammate had had “a little more” problems with the new car.

The F1-75 suits his driving style a little better. However, he assumes that Sainz will also be co-lead again “very soon”.

5:21 pm

Leclerc: “The Curse of Monaco” does not matter

Here in the tape we already talked about the “curse of Monaco” yesterday. “I don’t think about it,” Leclerc himself says, explaining that he hasn’t had much luck in his home race so far.

But he will not change his approach because of this. So far the season has been ‘successful’. As a reminder, Leclerc has never scored any points in Monaco in his Formula 1 career.

By the way, he does not feel any additional “pressure” this year. He’s just happy to have a “competitive car” at home this season.

5:08 pm

Magnussen: Haas has more ‘potential’

Although Haas didn’t put any new parts in the car in Spain, Magnussen believes there’s still plenty of time on the VF-22 even without an update. “I think there is still a lot of potential in this car,” said the Dane.

As with all the other teams, Haas is all about getting as much performance as possible without bouncing back. According to Magnussen, this is currently the biggest point of all the teams.

You have to “find the limit” and get the car in the right window. He even sees “more potential” with Haas.

4:55 pm

Special Racing Suits

Lately, the focus has been mainly on special helmet designs. As for Monaco, Alpine has thought of something else and is sending Alonso and Ocon to the weekend in special racing suits. Do they bring luck?

The former Renault team has already won twice in Monaco: in 2004 Jarno Trulli won with the Frenchman, in 2006 Alonso. A year later, the Spaniard won again with McLaren in the principality.

4:40 pm

Magnussen: Should have left more space

The Dane also commented on his accident with the record champion in Barcelona. After looking at the photos again, it’s clear he has Hamilton’s responsibility.

“On the track, I had the feeling that he opened the steering wheel,” Magnussen admits. “But that didn’t happen.” He saw on television images that Hamilton simply understood.

In the end, the connection was “unfortunate”. “I left him no room for error,” pilot Haas admits and adds, “I wish I had given that a split second later.”

“It was bad luck,” Magnussen said. “I wish I had given him a little more space.”

4:26 pm

Monaco is now tighter…

No, the path has not been modified. But Kevin Magnussen reminds us that cars just got wider this year. “It will feel as if the path has narrowed,” he explains.

“The vision is also worse. I haven’t seen a lot of titles this year,” he explained, adding that Monaco present an even bigger challenge this year.

At the same time, he also confirms that Monaco is the most fun of all the tracks on the calendar despite – or rather because of this. “It’s where you feel the most fast,” said the Dane.

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