Charles Leclerc was pleased to enjoy a strong first day on track at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix as Ferrari ran a series of upgrades, but also warned of a need to “keep our feet on the ground” ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

Leclerc looked to be feeling comfortable in his SF-24, having topped the timesheets in both of Friday’s practice sessions in Imola. Reflecting back on how the day had gone, the Monegasque commented: “For now, everything went quite smoothly.

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“The feeling with the car is quite good, the upgrades on the car are working as expected which also is a good step. And yeah, it’s been a very smooth day so it is great, and being at home is always a special feeling for Ferrari, being here and having so much support all over the track means so much for all of us.

“It will be great if the weekend continues in that direction. However, tomorrow the conditions will change massively. The wind will completely turn around, which will have a big effect on all the cars, and there we have to be the best at anticipating those changes.”

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