Today's qualifying was consistent with the others so far this season, confirming Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow as the field's third force over a single lap, which is especially important here because the Spanish track's characteristics make it one of the most demanding on the calendar.
It's really similar. In terms of overall results, today's qualifying for the Maranello team might also be the best of the season. Leclerc will start from the second row for the third time in four races, behind three cars from the two teams battling for the lead, while his teammate Sainz will start right behind him, having narrowly missed repeating his fifth-place finish in Portugal last week by four hundredths of a second. Positions in the midfield are determined by tenths of a second, as predicted, with the fourth and eighth positions separated by less than two tenths.
According to Leclerc, "It was a good qualifying and I’m very happy with the result. Looking at the gap between us and the top three, P4 is a solid result today."
He adds, "My Q2 lap was very clean and that’s good for the tyres that I will use for the start. I am concentrating on this a lot because tomorrow it will be important to start on a tyre with little degradation."
He continues, "As a team, we start from P4 and P6, which is positive. Our race pace has been competitive and if we manage our tyres in the same way as we did yesterday, it should look good."
He concludes, "Our target is to bring home as many points as possible. Overall it has been a good weekend so far and I hope that we finish it on a high."
Both Charles and Carlos, the latter for the first time driving in red in his home race, did a great job behind the wheel and collaborating with the team to get the best out of the SF21.
Given the slight distances between Ferrari and their closest competitors, should expect a tough race tomorrow. The team aims for a successful result if their approach, reliability, teamwork, and driver efficiency are all at their peak.