After dominating FP2 and FP3, the Monegasque driver was the fastest during the qualifying in Austria. Leclerc affirmed that a new-set up approach has been crucial to obtain the pole position.
Charles Leclerc continued to impress with an outstanding pace over the qualifying session. The Ferrari talent was the fastest during the qualifying session in Spielberg, setting the new track record in 1:03.003.
Leclerc, who earned his second pole position in his career following Bahrain 2019, underlined how a different set-up philosophy adopted by Ferrari was the key behind his result. Indeed, the pole lap was underpinned by the fastest time in the middle sector, which, comparatively to the first sector, includes more corners and requires an higher downforce.
Leclerc acknowledged that the performance is due to a new aerodynamic approach, scarifying part of the straightline speed performance of the SF90, has provided him with a “stronger front”.
"I think our main issue in the last few grands prix was the front. We didn't have enough front.
"This weekend it was quite a bit better - we tried quite different set-ups and also set-up philosophy.
"It doesn't mean a big step up from the other races but for here it worked pretty well.
"I think the most time gained on the second sector is [from] a stronger front compared to the last grands prix."
"I knew it would be a bit of a compromise for the first sector but actually it wasn't that bad and then I improved quite a lot, which is nice to see."
On the other end, Sebastian Vettel ended ninth, after facing engine-issues with the SF90. Charles Leclerc remarked his disappointed, claiming that the two Ferraris had the possibility to start the race from the first and second position.
"I'm very happy for pole position but it's just a shame for Seb as probably the two cars should be closer to first and second.
"I was informed he had some issues with the car. They didn't feel concern on my side. I don't know if they were, maybe they were behind the computers. But they weren't showing it to me."
Charles Leclerc concluded stating he is confident for race tomorrow.
"The start is important, there is a long straight after it but normally we are quite good on the straights," said Leclerc.
"Hopefully we can keep the position in the first three corners, but the pace itself looks promising."