Leclerc: Ferrari adjustments for Austria have reworked F1 season - Motor Informed

Leclerc: Ferrari adjustments for Austria have reworked F1 season

Leclerc wouldn’t elaborate on what he meant, aside from to counsel that the important thing ingredient was a tweak to his driving fashion.

Automobiles are in parc ferme situations after dash occasions, and groups can solely change parameters similar to tyre pressures and entrance wing angles.

After the adjustments Leclerc gained the Austrian GP, and he was main in France final weekend when he crashed out.

“It appears like we now have a robust automotive,” Leclerc mentioned at the beginning of the Hungarian GP weekend.

“What’s stunning me probably the most is usually our race tempo, and tyre administration since Austria has been good.

“We modified a number of issues on Saturday evening after the dash qualifying, particularly driving-wise, and this appears to make fairly a step for me.

“That is constructive for the remainder of the season, however in qualifying they [Red Bull] nonetheless appear to be fairly robust.”

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Requested if he was assured that he might win in Hungary, he mentioned: “I believe Paul Ricard and Budapest are two tracks the place I struggled a bit extra up to now, personally.

“However Australia was the case additionally this yr, and ultimately I managed to have an amazing weekend. So I hope that this weekend I may flip issues round.”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18

Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Leclerc believes that he nonetheless has an opportunity to beat rival Max Verstappen to the title, regardless of setbacks in latest races.

“I believe that the tempo now could be there to win the championship, we simply have to put every little thing collectively,” he mentioned.

“Reliability has been an issue this yr, and we’ve misplaced a great deal of factors, and we’ll attempt to develop from that.

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“Hopefully if we don’t have this for the remainder of the yr, issues are nonetheless potential. I nonetheless stay constructive for the remainder of the yr.

“I believe if we win all of the races and he [Verstappen] finishes second on a regular basis, we are able to nonetheless win! 

“So, I’m counting on myself doing that, though it’s fairly a difficult job. Let’s see the way it goes. Clearly, it’s a really, very optimistic aim, however I don’t wish to look into it any extra negatively.”

Leclerc insisted that he doesn’t really feel the load of expectation as Ferrari seeks its first drivers’ world championship since Kimi Raikkonen gained in 2007.

“No, actually not, I don’t take into consideration this,” he mentioned.

“Though Ferrari stays the Ferrari of 2000 or in any respect, the group may be very totally different, and we’re in a distinct place.

“The previous couple of years have been very tough for us, we did an unimaginable step from final yr to this yr to be preventing for wins.

“Clearly, the aim stays to be world champion, and it nonetheless stays the identical aim for me, though that now it’s going to be tougher. 

“But it surely doesn’t add stress that it’s been so a few years that we haven’t gained the drivers’ championship.”



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