Fresh off his leading performance in Bahrain, Leclerc trailed Vettel in all three practice sessions before qualifying fourth on the grid, 0.017s back from his German team mate.

Leclerc said: ldquo;I’m annoyed now, with myself. I have done a mistake in the previous lap and that I shouldn’t have done .”

He included: “I’m [disappointed] because I believe the capacity to be in high three was there now. I’d some mistakes in Flip 12/13 in my own lap, ” I proceeded wide, took a lot of understeer.

“therefore yeah, over all there has been potential to do but the lifetime of it, it’s like this. ”

More from Chinese GP qualifying:

“that I fought together with the driving, the vehicle and I struggled and I struggled to locate the car set-up right, so it wasn’t easy.

“in qualy we did some changes Afterward coming, I believe the driving was changed by me and has been a lot better.

“Maybe not enough to be in the front of the or at their degree but at least we got closer and myself I presume there is a bit more potential, therefore [around ] this I’m disappointed, but over all it’s a positive moment. ”

Mercedes’ front-row lock-out at China follows ’s 1-2 on the Bahrain GP gridbut Leclerc insisted the rival team’s advanced form did not come as a surprise.

“” I presume Valtteri [Bottas] was quick . Le [Hamilton] I believed struggled a bit with the vehicle.

“Thus, no, it is not such a surprise, but I believe it was a surprise to see Le than watching these both quick, struggling at no training we hoped that. ”

Leclerc’s post-qualifying radio

Come on, Charles!

: Spots, Bottas P1, Hamilton P2, Sebastian P3 and your self P4. Sebastian laptime [1m]31.84[s], and your self [1m]31.86[s].

F**k. F***seems dumb. F***ing dumb. What’s the rod lap?

31.54. Stay [below the most in-lap period ], stay negative.

: It was a fantastic recovery, okay? From FP3 and all the difficulties –

Maybe not good . Maybe not good enough on my side personally, in my experience. Car was fine. I should’ve done , that is it.

: Tomorrow it is the race.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90

SF90,

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