Over-enthusiastic Leclerc admits he needs to 'calm down'

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Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc admits he needs to rein in his impetuosity following his botched qualifying session Saturday in Bahrain.

The highly rated Ferrari junior fell victim to his own misjudgment in the grid-defining evening session which he ended 19th, two spots behind team mate Marcus Ericsson, after a spin at the final corner.

"I was already pushing way too much from the beginning of the lap," Leclerc told Motorsport.com.

"I could feel the rears were starting to give up corner after corner and at the end I just overheated them massively and spun.

"It was an accumulation over the whole lap and at the end it was just not possible to drive on them."

Leclerc believes he needs a better understanding of the behavior of his Sauber C37, and subsequently of its limits.

"The balance of the car was not quite how I wanted it to be, but I think that I still have some work to do in adapting to this type of car, "he said

"In particular, I have to learn how to drive with more understeer, which I am struggling with a bit at the moment.

"Pushing too much is not always a good thing to do and at the moment this is my problem. I just need to calm down a little bit."

"In the end it was a bit frustrating, but I will definitely learn from this experience and I will do my best to come back stronger in tomorrow’s race.

"The pace we showed yesterday is promising, so it will be important to make a good start and to recover positions."

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