Charles Leclerc has conceded he has “never experienced” driving
conditions such as those presented to drivers in qualifying for the
São Paulo Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver will line up second on the
grid alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on Sunday after a hectic
end to Friday’s running at Interlagos. Q3 began with dry conditions
but with the threat of rain imminent as the sky blackened over the
circuit. Verstappen was first across the line with the best of the
conditions but everyone else struggled – Leclerc fighting for grip
despite the rain not yet falling. But with conditions worsening as
high winds and, eventually the rain, hit the circuit, no one could
better the top two, before the session was red-flagged and
completed early. “It works well for us,” said Leclerc, addressing
his session. “In my whole career, I have never experienced
something like that. “At Turn 4… I mean there was no rain but the
car was extremely difficult to drive, no grip, I was thinking about
just coming in at the end of the lap but I finished and I was P2.
“So a really good surprise, but it was a very weird one for
everybody out on track today, but I am happy to be on the front row

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