After the first three days of testing their new cars in Barcelona, Formula 1 drivers confirmed that the rules have been achieved and made it easier to keep an eye on the car ahead.
However, Leclerc says the ability to follow disappeared when he approached the car ahead for a second before it rose again when it closed for half a second.
Despite this obvious anomaly, Leclerc said he is pleased with the overall improvement over the past.
“It’s pretty interesting,” the Manegasco driver said. “Because I’ll say three seconds to one second behind the car in front, you can really keep a closer eye.
“Then from one second to five tenths I will say it is similar to what I felt last year.
“And then from five tenths to very close, then it’s much better than last year. It’s nice, it’s interesting. I mean, I’ll have to do a few more laps behind the car, but so far it looks good.” “
Carlos Science Jr., Ferrari F1-75
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Leclerc Ferrari teammate Carlos Sains was also excited about the improved ability to follow.
“I’ve already felt some differences,” said the Spaniard. “It’s pretty obvious. And I’m relatively positive about it, and optimistic that I think it’s going in the right direction.”
World Champion Max Ferstappen also gave encouraging reviews after his initial experience in Barcelona.
“I’ve been watching a few cars, and it seems a little easier to stay behind,” the Red Bull driver said.
“At least you don’t have this amazing loss of clamping force if all of a sudden you get a big understeer or a massive over-turn.
“Sure, I don’t expect it to go away completely and that you can keep an eye on the rear diffuser, because of the speed we’re still doing in the Formula One car, but it all seems a little more out of control. The cars are fine.”
Return to F1 Alex Albon there was another to report improvements.
“I was a couple of laps behind [Pierre] “It’s gone,” he said. – I feel good, the initial feeling. Obviously I haven’t raced in a long time, so it’s a little harder on this side.
“But I was amazed at how quickly I could stay in turns 2 and 3, almost out of control because I expected the worst if it made sense. But the initial feeling was positive.”