Charles Leclerc Confirms True Extent of Ferrari’s F1 Engine Gains: “We Caught up a Bit, But…”

Published 03/17/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Third placed finisher Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks dejected in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)


Charles Leclerc believes that taking Ferrari to where they once were, at the top of the standings, will take time. The Scuderia endured a terrible campaign last year; they only scored 131 points and finished sixth in the constructors’ table.

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Consequently, the Monégasque driver remains to be realistic for the upcoming championship and doesn’t believe they can be a fighting force like they were in 2019. This is despite the Italian team bringing in Carlos Sainz to help make them a contender in 2021.

Even though things are looking at an upward trajectory for the Maranello-based team, he thinks there is still work to do.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc thinks that Ferrari will take time despite having positive results

The Ferrari driver said,“I don’t think we managed to make up all the delay on the other teams. We caught up a bit but we shouldn’t expect miracles, unfortunately.”

Leclerc added, “Signs are positive, a good job has been done, but it will not be enough to return to 2019 levels. We must not forget where Ferrari was last year. In F1, everything takes time.” (translated via Google)

Leclerc feels there isn’t a No. 1 driver at Ferrari

Carlos Sainz has replaced Sebastian Vettel for the 2021 championship, which will make Leclerc the experienced one on the team. However, Leclerc has stated there is no hierarchy in the team and he intends to work together with Sainz for the upcoming championship.

He said, “While I’ve spent more time in Ferrari than Carlos did – I have more experience with Ferrari – I don’t think there is a clear leader. I think Mattia made it clear, and that’s good.”

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“I am here in Formula 1 to fight against the best and I think Carlos is extremely talented and we will just push each other to perform better every time we are on track. But yeah, as the team mentioned, there’s no clear No 1 or No 2,” Leclerc concluded.

These two talented drivers have a huge task as they take on the 2021 season.

Will they be successful in bringing honor back to Ferrari, or will the horrors of 2020 will continue in the new season as well?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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