Home AutoSports F1 – 2022 MONACO GRAND PRIX – POST-QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

F1 – 2022 MONACO GRAND PRIX – POST-QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

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DRIVERS

 

1 – Charles LECLERC (Ferrari)

 

2 – Carlos SAINZ (Ferrari)

 

3 – Sergio PÉREZ (Crimson Bull Racing)

 

 

GRID INTERVIEWS

(Performed by Giedo van der Garde) 

 

Q: Charles Leclerc, pole place on your private home soil, that should really feel very, very particular?

Charles LECLERC: It is extremely particular. I’m so extremely blissful. It has been a really clean weekend till now. I knew the tempo was within the automotive, I simply needed to do the job, and it went completely. That final lap earlier than the crimson flag was actually, actually good. However anyway, it did not change something for us.

 

Q: However the final lap, I feel you had been two tenths up in comparison with the lap earlier than. That seemed actually, actually robust?  

CL: Yeah, and it was actually, actually on the restrict. I had fairly a little bit of oversteer. I struggled to place the tires in the suitable window within the final sector as a result of there was a little bit of visitors, however on the finish the rear was a bit unfastened, however nonetheless the lap time got here and I used to be bettering fairly a bit. I feel I used to be 4 tenths quicker earlier than I ended, so it was lap. However to be sincere, the automotive felt wonderful and it is nice to even have Carlos with me on the entrance row.

 

Q: I feel that should be superb, a front-row lockout for Ferrari in fact. Tomorrow there’s an opportunity of rain. What are you hoping – rain or dry?

CL: I feel dry is a little more predictable. However no matter comes I feel we’re aggressive so will probably be high-quality. 

 

Q: Carlos, how was that? What occurred earlier than within the final lap?

Carlos SAINZ: Pérez crashed in entrance of me. And I used to be in my flying lap. I noticed that yellow flag simply coming into Flip 8, and I needed to hit the brakes and clearly attempt to keep away from him one of the best I may. Nevertheless it’s a disgrace. One other yr that crimson flag causes the tip of our session that we can not go for pole place, nevertheless it’s typical Monaco. 

 

Q: Would you suppose that it was a risk to go for pole place? 

CS: I feel so, yeah. We had a extremely good tempo on all days. I used to be simply constructing it up for quali. We’ll by no means know, it is inconceivable to say however I used to be feeling good with a automotive at the moment. 

 

Q: Clearly, final yr you had your first podium right here with Ferrari. What are you on the lookout for tomorrow? 

CS: Yeah, let’s attempt to end the job tomorrow. I feel we’re in an important place to attain an important consequence for a group. The automotive has been wonderful all weekend. So we’ll go for it. 

 

Q: And also you hope for rain or dry? 

CS: I do not thoughts. 

 

PRESS CONFERENCE

 

Q: Welcome to the post-qualifying press convention right here on the Monaco Grand Prix. Simply to begin issues off, Sergio Pérez has gone to the medical centre for a verify, it is normal process. We will be joined by him shortly. Within the meantime, a really heat welcome to Carlos Sainz, who might be beginning second, and taking the 14th pole place of his Formulation 1 profession and his fifth of the 2022 marketing campaign, our polesitter Charles Leclerc. Properly finished, Charles, your second consecutive pole right here in Monaco. How candy was that first lap in Q3?

CL: Properly, the primary lap was good, clearly. I waited for Q3 to begin and push. And it was a extremely good lap. However the one which I am notably blissful about was the second lap in Q3 that I did not get to complete. Yeah, this one was actually, actually good.

 

Q: The place was that second lap higher, within the quantity of the lap that you just’d truly accomplished?

CL: A bit in every single place. The primary nook was fairly a bit higher. I obtained a snap… Principally, I obtained snaps in every single place however the lap time was coming actually, actually good. So yeah, I used to be shocked by how a lot tempo there was, as a result of the stability was actually, actually difficult on that lap, however yeah, it felt actually good.

 

Q: We noticed a giant lap time leap in every of the three qualifying segments. How a lot of that was right down to the monitor and the way a lot right down to bettering the automotive?

CL: I feel it is each the monitor and the drivers, due to course I feel particularly Crimson Bull and ourselves, we have got a bit extra margin in comparison with the others in Q1 and Q2, so we do not push as a lot as different drivers. After which for Q2 you push a bit extra after which clearly for Q3 you set the whole lot, so yeah, it is a mixture of each. 

 

Q: You are going to be beginning in one of the best place tomorrow. What’s the future tempo of the automotive like, within the dry initially?

CL: Good. It was good. I imply, we solely did like three or 4 laps, nevertheless it seems good. So hopefully will probably be the case tomorrow. There is a little bit of an opportunity of rain too. However yeah, that is high-quality. We had been robust within the rain in Imola, so no matter comes we’ll attempt to make one of the best out of it and eventually have consequence at dwelling.

 

Q: What kind of a problem does Monaco change into within the moist?

CL: Properly, I do not suppose I’ve ever pushed within the moist right here. Not that I bear in mind. So it’ll be difficult. I imply, metropolis tracks are very difficult. Monaco might be one of the difficult tracks of the season and within the moist I am positive that it is even harder. However yeah, we’re prepared for it. And I feel once more, the final two years have been tough for us within the moist however this yr we appear to have lastly a bit greater than the suitable window to make it work within the moist, so we’ll see however we’ll be high-quality.

 

Q: Many congratulations Charles and good luck tomorrow. Carlos coming to you now. Big congratulations to you as properly. You are on the entrance row in Monaco. We’ll discuss what occurred on the finish in a second. To start with, how was your lap? How was the automotive all through the entire session?

CS: Yeah, properly initially congrats to Charles and Ferrari for a one-two lockout right here in Monaco. I feel it’s nice information for the group, initially. Second, yeah it wasn’t unhealthy. I feel it was coming alongside properly with qualifying. Sadly, in Q3 run one we had the 2 Mercedes in the midst of my first lap that they had been doing a build-up and I used to be in my push and yeah, I discovered one Mercedes in the midst of Sector 2, the opposite one in Sector 3. Anyway, it was a little bit of a scrappy first run at first of Q3, however then I used to be wanting ahead to that last showdown right here in Monaco. That’s the place you give that additional bit, and to have a clear run, however once more, yearly in Monaco now appears to be a convention that somebody crashes in entrance of me or no matter and you can not full the lap that’s usually essentially the most thrilling lap round Monaco. Anyway, it’s how it’s. We begin P2. I feel it is an important place to begin and tomorrow something can occur – the rain, no matter comes comes – and we’re in place.

 

Q: And Carlos, what concerning the finish of Q3 and what occurred to Checo. What may you see as you approached Portier? 

CS: Properly, coming clearly from a blind nook that’s Flip 7, you do Flip 7, you go full throttle, and as I used to be coming into Flip 7 on my left hand aspect I see a yellow flag popping out. And instantly as I see a yellow flag, I realise that the automotive in entrance of me had crashed. You do not see the place he has crashed, so that you enter the nook with out figuring out the place he’ll be. So I simply hit the brakes. I attempted to do the nook radius as tight as attainable. And simply as I used to be going to handle to keep away from him, I hit the brake a bit more durable and managed to clip his again with the again of the automotive. It could have been a fairly good save if I’d have saved it, however as a result of there was principally no time to put it aside, nevertheless it’s what occurs in Monaco.

 

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

 

Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) Charles, it seemed like situations modified a good bit all through the session, with the clouds being there after which the solar popping out once more. How did you and Ferrari address that? And likewise, we heard you on the radio a few occasions complaining about the place you had been by way of the visitors place. What was the thought course of there? What was occurring? 

CL: Yeah, the monitor situations modified fairly a bit, however I feel we adopted the monitor evolution very, very properly. And the stability was truly fairly good on a regular basis. So yeah, we adopted the monitor evolution properly. After which for the visitors, clearly, in Monaco, it is all the time a really, very tough, particularly in in qualifying, however I all the time discovered myself with quick automobiles behind me after I was on the out laps and that is the worst scenario you will discover your self in, since you clearly do not wish to get a penalty for being within the center, so I used to be simply making an attempt to make one of the best job attainable, however in some locations, it’s extremely, very difficult, since you simply haven’t any place and you can not push that a lot as a result of the tyres are utterly new, and you don’t have any grip. So it was a really difficult scenario I used to be in and I simply needed to be sure that the group understood that I did not wish to be in that place once more, as a result of I used to be frightened of getting a penalty, simply being within the center. However on the finish, we managed it properly. And I used to be out of bother.

 

Q: Checo, you’ve simply come from the medical centre. First query, all OK?

Sergio PÉREZ:  Yeah, all okay. There was a technical problem, apparently, as a result of the g I obtained, was one thing like 20-g nevertheless it’s fairly a low-speed part and there are TecPros there. Only a disgrace what occurred, as a result of I feel we had extra tempo than that – however we simply couldn’t problem, I feel, the technique with the tyre, particularly that last set: it wasn’t as much as temperature, and it was simply too peaky. I practically misplaced it already into Flip 1. In hindsight, I feel we did not get it proper at the moment.

 

Q: Checo, are you able to simply discuss us by way of what occurred at Portier?

SP: Properly, principally, I used to be, I feel, fairly near my time, making an attempt to make it up. Flip 8 has been a tough one for me, all through the qualifying part. So I used to be making an attempt to anticipate and get fairly early on throttle. However as quickly as I touched the throttle, I may really feel just like the rear tyre was not gripping in. And I used to be taking part in with it a bit, till I misplaced it. After which it was fairly… I used to be truly shocked that Carlos hit me on the time. And it was only a disgrace, what occurred? And I really feel sorry for Carlos, and for the remainder of the blokes. However, you recognize, that is Monaco.

 

Q: And first evaluation of the automotive. How a lot injury do you suppose there’s?

SP: Yeah, actually, it seemed unhealthy from the rear. And what made it worse was the hit we obtained from Carlos. So, we now have fairly a bit of harm. However we’ll see. I feel it ought to be okay for tomorrow.

 

Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC) For Charles, the place had been you on that last lap when the crimson flag flew? And the way far up on the sprint had been you? I do know you are on pole anyway however is there any frustration not having the ability to end that lap? 

CL: I would not name it frustration however I undoubtedly needed to complete that lap. I used to be a bit a bit greater than four-tenths faster. So, it was a extremely, actually good lap. And likewise, I feel the onboard is fairly oversteery, so I feel it is a good onboard. However yeah, it was an important lap till then. However yeah, as Checo stated, it occurred to me final yr, and it occurs in Monaco. So it is like this. No frustration.

 

Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) One other query to Charles, please. Might you clarify what occurred with lacking the weighbridge in Q2? How had been you alerted to the truth that you needed to cease within the pit-lane after which get pushed again? Thanks.

CL: It is a very difficult one right here, as a result of we get into the pits. I truly do not even know the place the panel is, whether or not it is on the suitable or left nevertheless it’s very far, far proper or far left, and so you do not look in that path. So truly, I didn’t see in any respect that I used to be known as to the weighbridge. However fortunately for me, the group noticed the alarm and simply instructed me to cease they usually pushed me again. It wasn’t nice for being into the identical sequence of the others after that, however once more, we obtained out of this difficult scenario. 

 

Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) Once more, one other query to Charles. And I simply surprise, may you evaluate your feeling and sensation within the cockpit to this time final yr? You stated once more on Thursday, the crash in 2021 was down to only making an attempt too exhausting. it is maybe your solely likelihood to get a win in 2021. This yr, you are combating for the title, you have already got wins. So how was the sensation within the cockpit all through qualifying right here at the moment? 

CL: It was good. It was all about constructing as much as this Q3 lap. I knew the tempo was there. I feel we had been in the suitable place with the automotive. And yeah, 2021 wasn’t in my head after I was doing qualifying. You simply wish to erase it. And clearly it was additionally fairly a very long time in the past. So yeah, I wasn’t serious about it. And I simply went all in as all the time in Q3 right here.

 

Q: (Seitanidis Panagiotis – Automotive Journal Greece) Query for Charles. I do not know the way superstitious you is perhaps however given the truth that the Monaco Grand Prix hasn’t been so type to you the earlier occasions, would you modify any procedures you may need getting ready for the race? 

CL: No. No, no, no. I imply, I do not imagine in… I am not superstitious in any respect. So, no. I imply, we have had a clean weekend till now and we’re beginning in one of the best place attainable for tomorrow’s race. So hopefully, we now have a clear race tomorrow. And we lastly have consequence at dwelling.

 

Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC) One for Carlos and one for Checo. Carlos, you’ve been speaking all yr about having to adapt to the Ferrari. You have seemed higher this weekend, however fairly very near Charles plenty of the time. Do you are feeling such as you’ve made a step ahead? And Checo, you have seemed actually, actually aggressive all weekend? Are you able to simply discuss somewhat bit about your weekend, how you have been feeling with the automotive and the way the group have gotten on typically?

CS: Yeah, it is true that this weekend, I felt extra comfy with the automotive. Possibly it is a characteristic of simply, that I’ve all the time been good round Monaco and I’ve all the time been fast round right here. In order that’s an element for positive. And that the automotive setup is all the time very totally different in Monaco to what it’s for the remainder of the season. So, it is perhaps monitor particular, it won’t. What’s true is that I have been higher and extra comfy this weekend. This, I agree.

SP: Yeah, we have been aggressive all weekend. Since FP1, we have been all the time high three. We had been quickest in FP3 however, as all the time, to get the pole, it’s important to maximise the whole lot. And I felt that we may have finished higher. Particularly on these out laps. , on the finish, I used to be caught with one of many Ferraris and on my last Q3 lap the tyres had been too chilly. However generally, I felt that they had been a bit forward this weekend, the Ferraris, however we’ll see. We’ll see tomorrow. It is a lengthy race forward. Clearly the beginning place is essential right here however yeah, general it has been a aggressive weekend.

 

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