Charles Leclerc, the current GP3 Series championship leader and member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, made his fourth FP1 appearance for the Haas F1 Team at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday, taking over from regular driver, Esteban Gutiérrez.
Leclerc’s previous FP1 drives came in July during the British, Hungarian and German Grands Prix. Leclerc’s final FP1 outing will be Nov. 25 in Abu Dhabi.
He clocked up a total of 27 laps during the 90-minute session around the 4.309-kilometer (2.677-mile) 15-turn circuit, with his best time coming on his 14th lap – a 1:15.391 earned on a set of Pirelli P Zero White medium tires that placed him 21st overall.
“It was great to get back into the car,” he said. “I love the Interlagos track. It’s my first time here. I love the second sector, especially. It’s very interesting. It’s been a long time since I’ve driven a racecar because we’re on a bit of a break in GP3 at the moment, and it’s been even longer since I drove the Formula One car.”
“It was a bit of an adaptation in my first runs this morning, but in the end it all went well. We ran through our program and the team gave me the feedback that I was helpful to them, so that’s all good.”