Mathieu WARNIER, published on Sunday 09 August 2020 at 11:20 a.m.
At the wheel of a single-seater that is not in a position to play for victory, Charles Leclerc said he wanted to continue working and progressing to move up the hierarchy.
From the first turns of the wheel in Barcelona last February, the cause was heard. The Ferrari SF1000, unlike its predecessor the SF71H, is not a single-seater capable of allowing Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel to fight for Grand Prix wins. A reality that the Monegasque claims to have accepted despite his long-term ambitions. “From the start of the year, we were realistic about what the car was worth. We did not have an F1 capable of doing good results, told the daily The team the one who signed his first two victories last season at Spa and then at Monza. We had to accept that we could not win and now we are moving forward with the determination to do well and make up for this performance deficit. "
Leclerc: "On a regular basis, we can't win"
If he managed to get on the podium in the Austrian and British Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc is realistic that it was the circumstances of the race that enabled him to achieve such results. “Currently, I know that, on a regular basis, we can't win. The others must have problems. And that, I have already accepted, admits the Monegasque. The whole team accepted it. The motivation, it goes into the job and the improvement of this car so that we find one capable of winning races like last year. "But, despite a single-seater lacking in performance both in terms of chassis and engine, handicapped following the secret agreement between Ferrari and the FIA before the end of the 2019 season, Charles Leclerc does not intend to give up all hope. to sign a third career success. “Frankly, it's hard to see a victory in 2020 but I'm going to give my all and not give up. If, at the end of the year, I see that I have tried everything, that I have seized all the opportunities and that I could not do anything more, I will not regret, adds the Monegasque. On the other hand, if I put myself in the wall when there was the victory at the end, and that it was the only one possible of 2020, there it will be different. A situation which, at the present time, seems more like a dream than a hope.