Charles Leclerc goes into this weekend’s British Grand Prix weekend in an upbeat mood as he looks to close the gap on championship leader Max Verstappen.
Historically Silverstone has been a happy hunting ground for Leclerc as he’s managed to finish on the podium in the last three editions of the British Grand Prix, which, coupled with the circuit’s series of fast corners, means the Northamptonshire-based circuit is one the Monegasque loves to drive when speaking in today’s FIA press conference where MotorLAT was in attendance.
“I love it here. I love the track. I love fast corners in general. So I'm really looking forward to this weekend. This year we've got a bit more of a competitive car compared to the last time we came here, so hopefully, we can have a clean weekend finally, because, since Miami, it’s not been great. So hopefully, we can get back on track and get back a win.”
After what had been a near-perfect start to the season, Ferrari and Leclerc’s campaign has quickly unravelled, losing certain wins in Spain and Baku through a pair of engine-related failures, whilst in Monaco; a poor strategy call lost Leclerc a home victory.
These errors have made some question whether Ferrari can win a World Championship, with the team’s own team principal Mattia Binotto commenting that the team isn’t ready to win.
But in spite of this frank admission by his boss Leclerc and his team remains 100% motivated to swing the championship pendulum back into their favour.
“We are always pushing to the limit at the end; that's what we need to do if we want to win this championship. So on that, I'm pretty sure that the team will push 100%, I will push 100%, and everybody is extremely motivated to basically have a bit of cleaner races to then get the rhythm and to get back the points that we've lost in the last few races. It's been a tough time for the team, but I think the way we have worked since the beginning of the season has been extremely good.”
“So this we don't have to change. Then, of course, there has been some reliability problems that we need to fix as quickly as possible, and on that, again, I trust fully the team to get on top of these things as quickly as it can be done. It will take time, but in the meantime, we just need to focus on the job we have to do on the track, and I'm again very confident that if we do everything perfect on track, we have the car, and we have the people inside the team for us to win races and to win the championship because ultimately that's the goal. So in the last four or five races, it became much more difficult, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.”