At the wake of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which will be held in Imola, Charles Leclerc had to tell the journalists during the FIA Press Conference what they have to expect from Ferrari .
“I think a realistic goal for this year would be to be behind just behind Red Bull and Mercedes,”- states the Monegasque. It sounds a very optimistically view though, considering that McLaren is growing quickly and considerably throughout the years and there are other teams that could be easily beaten by Ferrari, but they have a chance after a disappointing season.
“Realistically, I think it’s going to be very difficult to fight with them – we are too far behind for now. But we are in the fight with four, five other teams for the third place in the constructors. So it’s going to be a tight fight. But if we do everything perfect, I think it’s reachable.”- Leclerc declares to the press’ microphones. At this point, the journalists asked him if the Prancing Horse does still have the right mentality to come back stronger after a season that has affected it so hardly.
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“I think the mentality is right- he speaks - On this I have no doubts and I think we are working well. At the start of 2020 was difficult to just realise the reality of things and to understand that we were really a step down compared to 2019. But we went through this process in a good way. And then we started to work to reconstruct a little bit of the whole project and, and the mentality is right. I don’t think we are getting carried away by the fight there is, or the fight there will be during the season to fight for the third place of the constructors.”
He proves to be hungry for results and loyal to his team- “Everyone is well aware that there’s much more to gain to prepare 2022 in the right way, because these new cars will last for a lot longer, for many years after 2022.”
We are about to watch the second Grand Prix of 2021, which is looking like a thrilling, challenging one for Ferrari.