Motor Racing-Leclerc on pole but says tricky Miami track is ‘slippery’

MIAMI, May 7 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s world championship leader Charles Leclerc clinched pole position for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday but warned the brand new track was going to be difficult to negotiate.

“(It’s) tricky, very slippery, it’s a slide everywhere and it’s very, very difficult to put everything in place,” said the Monegasque driver after taking his third pole in five events so far. this season.

“As soon as you go off the line a bit you lose a lot of grip and a lot of lap time. So the lap wasn’t perfect, but yeah, good enough to be in P1,” he added. .

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Leclerc was joined at the front of the grid by Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, who shrugged off his crash in practice to finish ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

“Carlos was amazing today, and hopefully we can keep that pace tomorrow,” said Leclerc.

“Both cars are very competitive so Carlos and I are very competitive. So it’s great for the team and yes we will push to try and finish in the same positions tomorrow,” he added.

Sainz hopes to be able to get ahead of Leclerc at some point while being aware that Ferrari’s priority will be the maximum points possible.

“The consideration is that we are teammates and we want to score for the team regardless of who is in front or behind,” Sainz said.

“You always treat your team-mate with a little more respect like I’ve done in the past for all my team-mates. It’ll still be there tomorrow like it was there last year,” said the Spaniard.

“But the will to win is still there and the chance to win. If I think there’s a chance I’ll go, taking into account that he’s my teammate of course,” he said. declared.

Ferrari race director Laurent Mekies said it will be a busy session at the team’s headquarters in Italy as they work out how to make the right decisions based on the conditions.

“It will be very important to prepare every detail of the race, starting with tire management. Tonight we will work with our colleagues back in Maranello to make sure we get everything out of the car. The start will be very important and we We’ll face some very tough opponents who can give us a hard time in terms of top speed. I predict a great battle,” he said.

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