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Charles Leclerc doubts Ferrari can challenge Mercedes

Charles Leclerc believes Mercedes’ “very strong” race pace means it is unlikely that Ferrari will be able to mount a challenge at the French Grand Prix. Ferrari has yet to take a victory in 2019 and at Paul Ricard has been substantially adrift of Mercedes. Mercedes took a 1-2 in each practice session and comfortably led qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton beating Valtteri Bottas to pole position. Leclerc will start from third spot, albeit having lapped six-tenths slower than Hamilton in Q3. “It’s going to be difficult because their race pace on Friday was very, very, very strong,” said Leclerc on the notion of Ferrari fighting Mercedes. “I think a good...
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