Charles Leclerc says Ferrari ought to take pleasure within the progress it has constructed from 2020 to 2021 in closing the efficiency hole to the highest groups, whereas acknowledging it stays a piece in progress.
Ferrari completed sixth within the constructors’ championship final yr and sometimes struggled to achieve Q3 as a consequence of a mixture of an uncompetitive energy unit and poor chassis. In final season’s Bahrain Grand Prix, each drivers dropped out in Q2 and Leclerc completed the race a lap down in tenth place, however this yr he certified fourth and completed a a lot stronger sixth.
“If I have a look at the place we have been final yr at precisely the identical place, there was a superb progress,” Leclerc stated. “Absolutely we wish to be combating for the win very, very quickly however realistically and actually we’ve carried out a terrific job to now be nearer to McLaren no less than and combating with them within the race, so let’s see in Imola.
“It’s good — we nonetheless must push on (the ability unit) and preserve enhancing on that. But it surely’s a step from final yr. As we’ve seen I feel final yr we have been positively not combating for a similar positions we now have been (in Bahrain). So there’s nonetheless much more work to come back however we additionally need to acknowledge any time we do an enormous step ahead, and this yr (that) is the case. So it’s a terrific job from the group.”
Workforce principal Mattia Binotto agrees that the indicators from Bahrain have been promising, because the automotive delivered in the way in which Ferrari anticipated.
“Relative to expectations so far as the way it in comparison with our simulations, I feel we noticed good correlation which is one thing that’s essential to us,” Binotto stated. “It’s one thing that we developed final yr to enhance, and we now have. So I feel the automotive is behaving (appropriately) — that was first.
“Our efficiency, I feel we had some concepts coming from the winter testing, these three days. We knew we had a greater automotive in comparison with what we had final yr, little question, relative to the rivals. Undoubtedly we had a superb qualifying, the race was a bit more durable. So, comfortable as a result of we’re progressing, however not that comfortable as a result of we wish to be even higher than that.
“We all know it is going to take time, however step-by-step — I feel that’s the way in which we’re approaching the outcomes.”