September 25, 2021

Leclerc felt “very dizzy, very bad” before cutting practice short | RaceFans Round-up

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In the round-up: Charles Leclerc explained his request to end second practice early was due to an unexplained dizzy spell.

In brief

Leclerc still “wasn’t feeling great” for sprint qualifying

Charles Leclerc returned to the Ferrari garage five minutes early, during second practice, and was unwilling to explained why over the radio.

After the session Ferrari clarified that the reason for Leclerc’s early finish was he had been feeling unwell. Leclerc said it came “quite suddenly” but added he is “confident it will be all fine tomorrow.”

“I was just feeling very, very dizzy and and very bad in general,” Leclerc explained. “I wasn’t feeling great either for the race, not 100 percent.

“But at the end, what was the most important is that I could deliver my 100 percent. And that’s what we did as a team by finishing sixth and seventh. With starting fifth and sixth tomorrow so it’s all good.”

Russell’s front wing “collapsed” on one side

George Russell, Williams, Monza, 2021
Russell picked up damage during sprint qualifying

George Russell, who fell behind team mate Nicholas Latifi during the sprint qualifying race, said he had been compromised by a poor start and damage to his front wing which made his car impossible to steer.

“It was going alright, the pace felt good and then we had a problem with the front wing,” said Russell. “On one side of the front wing it just completely collapsed.

“I just had massive understeer, which was the first time all weekend. But unfortunately, it was so extreme I just couldn’t really catch the cars ahead so it was good recovery, considering we just been really pretty poor start.”

Russell explained his loss at the start of the session as not being used to the much lighter fuel load in cars for the short, sprint events. “It’s difficult because we’re so used to starting with 100 kilos of fuel in the car.

“Now, when you’ve got one third of that, you have to change your procedure quite a lot. And I think just got it wrong today, but only ended up one position lower than I started.”

Kubica doubt reserve role will lead to race seat

Despite deputising for Kimi Raikkonen at the Dutch and Italian grands prix, Robert Kubica says he does not believe himself to be a serious contender to drive alongside Valtteri Bottas at Alfa Romeo in 2022.

“I have learnt from my life that everything can happen from day to day – positives, negatives. So never say never,” he explained. “But realistically, I think are some other drivers who are probably higher in the list, I don’t know.”

Kubica said that his return to F1 had been a surprise interruption to what he thought was his main racing programme, driving an LMP2 in ELMS. “I have my racing programme with endurance racing, which of course, normally I’m focussing all [my] attention there. This has been different, since Zandvoort, because I’m here. But I don’t know what what that will bring.”

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