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.

The Ferrari new comer was audibly disheartened after crossing on the start-finish line on his crucial lap in Q3, increasing his voice on the team army and repeatedly calling himself & his ldquo;f***ing stupid”.

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. ”

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Leclerc stressed that he has reason to be satisfied with the result &ldquothat I was quite lost, struggling actually a great deal ”.

“To be honest it has been quite a weekend out of my side from the beginning of the weekend,&rdquo.

“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 Mercedes 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 Ferrari’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 . Lewis [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 Lewis than watching these both quick, struggling at no training we hoped that. ”

Leclerc’s post-qualifying radio

Come on, Charles!

Ferrari: 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.

Ferrari: 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.

Ferrari: Tomorrow it is the race.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90

Ferrari SF90, charles Leclerc

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