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A dedicated F1 fan posted on Reddit today some long lens photo’s of Ferrari and Mercedes performing Pirelli tyre test duties at Paul Riccard circuit in France.
The test is viewed as crucial for Pirelli, as the F1 tyre supplier approaches the conclusion of its 2019 development programme. Leclerc shared the track with the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who completed 102 laps.
“Kevin has been through this situation and I think he really benefited from a fresh start. I feel a little bit the same, to be honest,” he said.
“It’s been two difficult years and not having had the tools to really fight for anything.
“So I’m trying to make the most out of what is left this season and then actually looking forward to a fresh start.”
Vandoorne added: “I think I’ve been at McLaren for probably the two most difficult or worst years of the history of McLaren.
“So there’s not really much more I can say about that. It’s a shame it didn’t work out.
“This is the way it is sometimes. It’s a shame I didn’t get better opportunities.”
Max Verstappen has dismissed Fernando Alonso’s claims that Red Bull wanted to hire the Spaniard to be his team-mate in 2019.
“Alonso was not an option for 2019. It’s something I know,” Verstappen said at an event to open a supermarket in the Netherlands.
Hakkinen: “Even though Ferrari seems to have the fastest car, Mercedes’ ability to get the best performance out of their package, combined with good strategy and team work, is continuing to give them the advantage.
“Ferrari should really be leading this Championship, but there have been too many mistakes, and some strange decisions.
“Vettel’s little accident during Friday practice upset the rhythm at the start of the weekend, for example.
“They seemed to recover ok, as Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were first and second in final practice.
“However, this made it even more difficult to understand their decision to take some risks with tyre choice during Q2 in qualifying and that contributed to Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen not having the same build up to the final qualifying runs in Q1.
“Ferrari is making life hard for itself at times.”