Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc confirmed that he felt “good” after the Maranello team impressed during the first pre-season testing session which took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona last week but at the same time he admitted that they were not focusing on performance in this first test ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 season.
After a few championship in which Scuderia Ferrari performed below their usual standard, the Italian side is confident and optimistic heading into the 2022 campaign given the new rules and regulations which should allow them to once again fight for race wins. But the Monegasque admitted he and the team were trying not to get too carried away at this stage of the season
“Well, I’m feeling reasonably good.” – Charles Leclerc said, as reported by Formula1.com – “I mean, we’ve done all the tests that we’ve wanted to do, which was the most important thing we wanted to do during this test – doing as much mileage as we could – and we did, without major problems. So it’s a positive first test for this, and in terms of performance, nothing to say for now. On the other hand, I think we are working harder than ever to just try and keep our heads down. It’s of course always nice to see yourselves P1, but it doesn’t mean anything… I think everyone is aware of this in the team. So, yes, we are not really focusing on the performance at all; we are just focusing on ourselves. Now we are already focused on Bahrain.” – he explained.
Scuderia Ferrari still has the most Drivers’ champions in history of the sport but the Maranello team is looking for its first Drivers’ Championship since 2007 and its first Constructors’ Championship since 2008.
Charles Leclerc took two victories in the 2019 Formula 1 season, in Belgium and Monza and will be now hoping to once again be able to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the top spot and also to improve on his career-best fourth place finish in the drivers standings. At the same time, Carlos Sainz is targeting his first Formula 1 win this season.