Charles Leclerc made an untimely meeting with the barrier in Mexico, losing control of his F1-75 machine and prematurely ending his FP2 session.
Ferrari’s pace has looked promising so far this weekend, though the 2023 tyre test during second practice prevented teams from obtaining specific data on the compounds for the rest of the weekend.
Tyre degradation has been the biggest weakness for Ferrari in the second half of the season, so it will be crucial for the Scuderia to optimise its set-up in final practice.
Speaking to the media after his incident, Leclerc remained in high spirits:
“To be honest, the feeling is good. We’ve been pretty unlucky in FP1; on my side, I had a puncture on the out-lap, so many laps, but the few that I’ve done, I was happy.
“We tried something on my car which I didn’t particularly like, so I wasn’t as much at ease with the car than I was in FP1, but I know what to do for tomorrow, so confident that the performance will be there.
“I don’t think any of it will compromise us. I think we have enough [engine components] now with all the penalties we’ve had in the past, so it should be fine.”