Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc admitted that “it’s not going to be easy” for the Italian side to fight their way back to the front of Formula 1, ahead of the team’s home race – the Italian Grand Prix.
Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto said in the wake of Ferrari’s worst result of 2020 at the Belgian Grand Prix that his team’s recovery could take years. And with Charles Leclerc contracted at Ferrari until the end of 2024, the Monegasque said that he was prepared to show patience, and put his shoulder to the wheel, to help with that recovery.
And asked ahead of Ferrari’s home race at Monza whether he was prepared to wait that long to start winning races again, Leclerc – who was re-signed to the team over the winter until 2024 – replied: “Well, on one hand I don’t really have the choice. But surely it will take some patience and I’m ready to wait. But it’s also my job to try and make this whole process as short as possible and for us to come back where we deserve to be. It’s not going to be easy, it will take time, but I’m ready for this and my job is to give my best anyway in every situation we are in. I look to the present and the future, but now I try to understand why we are struggling like this, which will help us for what tomorrow will be. Understanding problems and building a solid foundation for the future.”
Despite the team’s struggles in 2020, Ferrari still hold fifth in the constructors’ standings, just seven points off third-placed Racing Point.
And although he was predicting another tough weekend for Ferrari at Monza – where last year he gave the Scuderia their first home win since 2010 – Charles believed that the team’s performances should improve in the coming races, and potentially enough to give them that P3 come the season-end.
“I think we’ll have to wait until we arrive in Mugello,” said Leclerc, “which should be a track where we’ll see a bit more the realistic picture for the end of the year, because Spa and here will be very difficult for us. Well, Spa has been very difficult for us! And Monza, I expect a similar weekend, but after that it should go better. Then whether it will be enough to come back to third in the constructors’ championship, I don’t know, but we’ll push for this. As a driver I definitely want to believe in that third place in the championship, even if we know it’s going to be difficult.”
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