Ferrari tempo ‘an enormous confidence enhance’ for future – Leclerc
Charles Leclerc admits Ferrari’s potential to bounce again from its dismal 2020 with a powerful degree of efficiency thus far this season supplies the workforce with lots of confidence for the long run.
Ferrari was nicely off the tempo at numerous tracks final season, largely all the way down to the mixture of energy unit technical directives and the automobile it had developed when anticipating to have higher engine efficiency. This yr, a a lot stronger energy unit and extra aggressive automobile has enabled Leclerc to qualify fourth at every of the primary two races and he says it makes the long run look brilliant.
“Sure it’s a large confidence enhance, however I’ve to say that truly from the beginning of the yr — earlier than the primary take a look at or the primary race weekend — there is superb momentum contained in the workforce, lots of motivation,” Leclerc stated. “I’ve by no means been with a teammate a lot earlier than firstly of the season as with Carlos (Sainz) — we’ve been working very nicely collectively earlier than the beginning of the season to organize the season one of the simplest ways attainable.
“Everybody could be very motivated to return again the place we need to be, so there’s lots of work behind the scenes — and it’s all the time a really good feeling everytime you work loads and then you definately see the outcomes on observe, as a result of ultimately that’s what issues. So it feels good however we additionally all know that there’s nonetheless lots of work earlier than attending to the place we need to be, which is to combat for the title.”
Leclerc says there is a component of shock to how strongly Ferrari has began the season, even when Lando Norris beat him and Sainz to the rostrum in Imola.
“Effectively, shocked, sure and no. As a result of I’ve seen all the work that has been put into final yr to only come again to the place we need to be, which isn’t but occurring. We’re fourth — we’ve completed a superb step ahead in comparison with final yr and I understand how a lot everybody labored again on the manufacturing unit to do a step ahead from final yr to this yr.
“So no, on that aspect it’s not a shock, however it’s good to see that all the work paid off and we’re managing to be in a greater form this yr — however there may be nonetheless lots of work to do.”