Charles Leclerc shoned the qualifying for a second row start for his first at the Eifel Grand Prix at Nürburgring.
With what was upgrades promised for the Ferrari's at Germany weekend. After all of Friday's time was cancelled due to the bad weather, the cars only took to the track for the first this weekend in the morning.
Leclerc created what looked to be an almost perfect lap that set him to go fourth fastest equaling his best performance of the season so far; he also qualified P4 at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. As for his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, unfortunately for him, luck was not in his side this qualifying session as he missed out on making the Q3 mark and was only able to manage P11.
During Q1, Charles set a great lap time of 1:26.857 which made the cut to go to Q2. In Q2, several drivers including Leclerc used medium tyres to set a lap time and decided to go back to using softs which brought him to a fast time of 1:26.240. Q3 is where the action happened.
In Q3, Leclerc used two sets of new soft tyres in the top ten shoot-out in what determined the top five rows. His first run was a 1:26.411, placing him fifth with under five minutes to go. He placed behind the two silver arrows and one Red Bull. When using his second set of Softs, Leclerc did a superb job bringing the tyres up to temperature on his out lap, boosting his time to the chequered flag a 1:26.035 in all sectors, which placed him fourth.
Post-qualifying interview, when asked about how he feels to be in the second row alongside Red Bull's Max Verstappen, Leclerc states, "This qualifying result is possibly better than we expected, especially in these cold conditions, but we brought some updates here, which maybe made a small difference in the right direction, which is nice to see to see. I am happy about the way we are working and how things went today. I quite liked the fact we had just one FP session and went straight into qualifying. We made the most of the situation, even if we don’t have much information about the long runs with high fuel. Especially in Q3 there was quite a strong wind, which made the car unpredictable.For tomorrow, we are all a bit in unknown territory, but one thing I know is that it’ll be important to manage these soft tyres because they are pretty difficult in terms of graining. It’s going to be a tricky race but that’s what makes this weekend interesting."
With starting P4 tomorrow in what looks to be a cold and wet race. Anything can happen. Here's to hoping Leclerc can bring the car to a podium.