Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc says he wants to be fighting for victories with the Maranello team “very soon”, as the Italian side appear revitalised this season following a trying 2020 that saw them finish a lowly sixth in the constructors’ standings.
Charles Leclerc has finished every Grand Prix this year inside the top six, three times out of four in P4. But while the podium has so far eluded him – Leclerc having claimed two by the same point last year, despite Ferrari’s pace struggles – the Monegasque praised the “great job” done by Ferrari’s engineers in Maranello on this year’s SF21 – and said he is also targeting a return to the top step for him in the near-future, with his last triumph having come at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix.
“Last year was definitely a difficult season, to accept where we were,” said Charles Leclerc after finishing fourth at the Spanish Grand Prix, having headed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas for a large part of the race. But I think the team has done a great job by accepting pretty quickly that we have done a step back [in 2020], and then we’ve been working in the best way possible. I think since that moment onwards, and this year, we can see that the team has done a great job by just making steps in the right direction. It shows that all the work that the people have done in Maranello, and that we have also done at the track, is paying off,” added Leclerc, “and we can see it at the track. The road is still long and we want to be fighting for the first positions very soon. But I think the way we work is the right one and we are just doing a good job as a team, and we want to keep going like that.” – he explained.
Last year’s Spanish Grand Prix saw Charles Leclerc qualify P9, 1.503s off Lewis Hamilton’s pole time, while in the race, Sebastian Vettel finished a lap down in P7 as Charles retired from 11th with an electrical issue.