Charles Leclerc Reveals a Gloomy Atmosphere in Ferrari At the Beginning of 2020 F1 Season

Published 03/20/2021, 2:29 PM 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 stated the atmosphere in Ferrari in 2020 was a strange one. The team suffered horribly in the last year- they only scored 131 points, which saw them finish sixth in the constructor’s table.

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Sebastian Vettel was preparing to leave the team at the end of the season, which caused some tension in the team. However, Leclerc was also concerned about the performance of the car.

However. with Carlos Sainz joining the team in 2021, Leclerc has positive feelings regarding the upcoming season. The duo hopes they can take Ferrari back to the top where they belong.

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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 admits that was something different in the air at Ferrari

The Ferrari driver told Motorsport.com, as quoted by Motorlat, he said, ” At first there was a strange atmosphere in 2020 when we assumed the reality of things, it was a little worse than we expected.”

Leclerc added, “There was a time when it wasn’t great. But the mindset changed very quickly, and there was great motivation to get back to where we were.” (translated via Google)

While there might be new energy going into the 2021 season, the 23-year-old doesn’t hope for any miracles that will help the team. He insists to do better and work hard in the new year.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari prepares to drive in the garage before practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Leclerc doesn’t believe miracles can help them  regain their form in the upcoming season

In an interview with Code Sport Monaco as quoted by Planet F1, he said, “We’ve caught up a little bit, but we can’t expect miracles. There are positive signs, a lot of good work has been done, but it won’t be enough to get back to the level of 2019. We can’t forget where Ferrari was last year. In F1, everything takes time.”

On fighting for the championship in the new year, Leclerc replied, “We have to be realistic, although I am hoping for it, I don’t think we will fight for the championship in 2021.

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Leclerc and Sainz have a mammoth task ahead in 2021- they hope to take the team back to the top and restore honor back at Scuderia. Can Ferrari bounce back in the new season as they have two talented drivers behind the wheel? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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