Charles Leclerc Credits ‘Small Steps’ to Ferrari Fight Back in 2021 F1 Season

Published 06/06/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates pole position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Back in 2020, Scuderia Ferrari suffered one of their worst seasons till date. Now, the Italian giants are trying to get back to the front of the pack. To do this, Charles Leclerc is leading the charge along with his new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. After scoring his second consecutive pole position, the Monegasque driver spoke of Ferrari’s progress in 2021.

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He said, “Yeah, well the complete explanation I don’t have it, but for sure it’s the result of the guys back at the factory, also the guys here at the track who have been working extremely hard since the beginning of 2020 when we obviously started the season and it was very difficult.

“We kept working and the car just got better and better. It’s small steps all the time but small steps in the right direction and this is not always a given so this makes us competitive.”

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What else did Charles Leclerc say?

Having said all that, he confessed that he and the team never expected to be as competitive as they are. Naturally, the pole position came as a bit of a shock, even though they have been working very hard all year. According to Charles Leclerc, his FP2 pace was not as great as he would have liked.

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Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

To make matters worse, Leclerc stuck his car nose-first into the wall and struggled in long runs during FP2. On the bright side, Leclerc now knows his weaknesses so he can work on them for the race.

“For the FP2 pace; on my side it wasn’t great but obviously it was not a great session for me overall, being in the wall at the beginning of FP2 and then going on the long runs I didn’t do a good job by managing the tyres so I think it’s more coming from me than anything else. But it’s fine. I know where to work so it should be all OK for tomorrow.

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One thing is for sure, he will be very wary of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers are definitely the favorites, but the Ferrari man is there to spoil the party.

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