Leclerc ‘confident’ on how Ferrari handles its weaknesses

After seeing a « leap » in the way Ferrari deals with its weaknesses, Charles Leclerc is confident his team is capable of leading the development race.

After the first three Grands Prix of the season, Charles Leclerc is comfortably at the head of the championship. The Monegasque won in Bahrain and Melbourne, and lost on the wire against Max Verstappen in Jeddah. However, in a 23-race season, it’s far too early to ignite. While the new regulations are not yet fully mastered, it is not impossible to see a team achieve a rise in the hierarchy.

It had been a few years since Ferrari had been involved in such a development race. The last time dates back to 2018, when the Scuderia were badly beaten by Mercedes in the second half of the season. But in 2022, despite the difficulty of developing a car in such a long season, Leclerc is convinced that the Maranello team is much better prepared than in the past and has the weapons to hold its rivals at bay.

« In terms of development, standing up to Red Bull will be difficult, but the team that designed this car is the same team that is looking after its development this year, so I’m confident. »explains the leader of the championship. « We have no reason to be behind because we’ve done a brilliant job, or rather the guys at Maranello have done a brilliant job, in setting up the car for this year. There are improvements coming and I’m confident they’ll take us in the right direction. So no, I’m not really focusing on other people. I think we have to focus on ourselves. »

According to the driver, the key to success for Ferrari is its database and knowledge of the areas of the car considered to be underperforming. “Over the past two years I have really seen a leap in how we analyze weekends, how we also identified our weaknesses and how quickly we reacted to improve where we were struggling.says Leclerc. « So yes, I’m confident that the team can do a good job with development this year. »

Before 2022, Leclerc had never occupied the place of leader of the championship. Will the Monegasque be able to withstand the pressure over such a long season? In any case, the pilot is confident in his abilities. “I experienced this situation in the junior categories, but to be in this place in Formula 1 obviously means something, especially after these last years and in a team like Ferrari.

“The mindset is obviously a bit different from the last two years because now I know I have a winning car in my hands. ‘extremely special and spectacular to gain one or two places, because I know it’s in the car and I just have to do the job, so the mood is a bit different this year. « 

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