Ferrari knew that the Spa Francorchamps would not be a favorable track this season, as the SF1000 lacks straight-line speed. Charles Leclerc evidenced that the car's performance was worse as expected. The Monegasque talent finished 14th and 15th in FP1 and FP2 respectively, with a 1:45:400 on his attempt in the second session, 1.6 seconds slower than the fastest time by Max Verstappen.
Leclerc remarked that the car has a poor balance and he needs to work hard with the team to improve the current performance.
"It's probably a surprise to be so far back, especially in FP2.
"We've tried quite a lot of things. At the beginning, I tried something quite aggressive in downforce levels, but it didn't really work out. We came back on that.
"We are just lacking pace at the moment. We need to work hard to catch back up, but I don't expect miracles for this weekend.
"It's doesn't feel good, and it's sad to see Ferrari so far down. As always, our work as drivers is to give our best, and that's exactly what I'm trying and what Seb is trying to do in the car."
Leclerc continued, pointing out that the rain on Saturday can only worsen the Ferrari's struggles.
"We are struggling quite a lot with the balance this weekend," Leclerc said.
"Normally in the rain, the balance only gets worse, and the issues you have in the dry are worse in the rain.
"I think it's going to be difficult if we don't find any solution to fix the balance problems we have today."