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Negotiations going well: 'Madrid Grand Prix closer'

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From 2027, the Spanish Grand Prix may no longer be held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. According to Spanish newspaper Marca, talks between FOM and Madrid are reaching a climax.

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Leclerc not surprised after Q1 elimination: 'Have no answers now'

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Charles Leclerc posted the fastest time of 19th in qualifying, forcing him to start Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at least from the penultimate position. The Ferrari driver had hoped for more, but suddenly ran into problems. What was missing, he found it difficult to say. According to the Monaco native, it was clear something was wrong.

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Leclerc has ‘no answer’ after Q1 exit in F1 Spanish GP qualifying

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During the brief Q1 session, Leclerc reported over the radio that he had a problem with his rear tire as he struggled to secure a consistent finish in qualifying.

After missing his first flyer, Leclerc was under pressure to secure a Q2 seat in the final seconds of the race, but he finished just 19th, while team-mate Carlos Sainz finished fourth. Achievement promotion.

After the race, Leclerc said he did not know what went wrong with his Ferrari through Barcelona’s left-hand corner in the first quarter.

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“I don’t have an answer. At the moment, the only thing I can say is that it’s impossible to drive on the left,” he said.

“Through the right-hand corner it feels very similar to this morning, but in the left-hand corner there is something we need to analyze and understand because it’s far from what I expected.”

Leclerc initially thought he had a problem with his tyres, but the problem persisted in his second set, confusing him as he was free from any problems in Saturday morning’s third free practice session.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23

Photography: Mark Sutton/ motorsport pictures

“I thought it was a tire problem in the first set, but then we did the second set and it felt exactly the same,” he added.

“I just didn’t have grip in the left-hand corner at the back, so we’ll check the car and I’d be very surprised if everything is fine.

“Even in the rough conditions this morning, I feel really good about the car, so something is not right.”

As Sainz went on to finish second behind Max Verstappen, in front of an ecstatic Spanish crowd, Leclerc revealed the strange behavior of his car nearly crashed him.

“I had a lot of moments, even during the first red flag, where I almost lost it and threw it into the gravel in the left-hand corner,” he explained.

“It’s very, very strange behavior, so we have to check the car.”

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Sainz optimistic after Qualifying: ‘We can focus on getting the podium'

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Carlos Sainz qualified P2 at the Grand Prix in his hometown of Barcelona. While the Ferrari driver was nowhere near Verstappen, he was the best of the others today. On the other hand, his teammate Charles Leclerc finished 19th.

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