Charles Leclerc finished fourth for the second time this season, but unlike in Imola, where he would have comfortably finished second had the race not been red flagged at half distance, today's result was the result of his ability at the wheel, precise tyre management, the right approach, and the team's optimization of the SF21's potential.
Leclerc had an incredible first lap, moving up to third place ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. He stayed there until he came to a complete stop, at which point the Finn took full advantage of his vehicle's extra speed. Behind the two teams vying for the championship, the Scuderia accomplished its goal of being the best of the rest. In reality, Leclerc went one better than Sergio Perez finishing ahead of him in a Red Bull.
According to the Ferrari driver, "It was a very good race. I had a good start, then went for the outside in turn 3, which worked out for us. From then on, we had a very competitive race. Our pace was strong, both on the Soft and Medium tyres. Still, P4 was the best we could achieve. I am really happy though, because from the cockpit you can feel when you do a good job and that was the case today."
He continues, "As a team, we did a really good job, everything went perfectly. We see that we have made a lot of progress compared to last year, and this is credit to everyone working so hard back at our factory in Maranello."
He adds, "We were quite strong in the third sector, which is very technical."
He concludes, "Hopefully, that’s a positive sign for Monaco. Since the beginning of the season, we seem to be strong in the slow corners, so I am crossing my fingers that it will stay that way. I am really looking forward to my home race. Seeing fans there in the grandstands will be amazing and I hope to be just as competitive there."
After last year's Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled due to the pandemic, the World Championship will restart in a fortnight with the next round, Leclerc's home race, taking place on Sunday, May 23.