Leclerc: “Red Bull strong, but Ferrari want to improve by one position…”

The Monegasque speaks on the eve of the first free practice of the Bahrain GP: “It’s difficult to quantify the distance between us and our rivals. For now we haven’t had any reliability problems”

March 02

– sakhir (bahrain)

“The goal is to improve. Red Bull got off to a strong start, but they’re just tests, it’s difficult to quantify how far ahead they are. Our goal? To improve by one position compared to last year”. Charles Leclerc makes no proclamations, but keeps the motivations of the Ferrari group high in the presentation conference of the Bahrain GP. The Monegasque is aware that Red Bull proved to be very strong in last week’s tests. And yet he is confident of the work and enthusiasm at the Cavallino, also favored by the arrival of the new team principal, Fred Vasseur, whom he has known since his debut in F1 in Alfa Romeo, of which he was team principal until last season

fred brings out the best

When asked if Ferrari needed a change at the helm of the team, Leclerc replied diplomatically: “It’s early to make judgments – said the Ferrari driver, in his fifth season with Ferrari – he’s very good at getting the best out of people and to put them in the best conditions to give their best. These are only the first days on the track, I’m sure he will discover many new things about how the team works in a race weekend. The way he fits well with a large team is impressive. like Ferrari”.


Then, speaking of Ferrari’s potential, Leclerc hides his cards: “The potential shown in practice isn’t everything – he added – and I won’t reveal what we showed. Of course, even the opponents didn’t show everything, but we will only see in qualifying real scale of values. Difficult to know at what level we are even if perhaps we are a little behind. Winning the first? The important thing is not only to win the first, but to do well throughout the rest of the season with related developments. For now we don’t have had reliability problems”.

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