Ferrari’s miserable season finally came to an end last weekend in Abu Dhabi, and although Charles Leclerc is hoping for a much stronger package next year, he believes 2020 was his best season in Formula One.
Focusing on the positives, Leclerc said: “For the future, I think we have learnt a lot from this season and will come back stronger. I hope we can show that on track next year.”
“I don’t know if we will do a big step next year but I am sure whatever step we will do will be in the right direction and then on that season, for myself too.
“I think it is my best season in Formula 1. I think what I have shown on track, I am very happy with my season. It has not been easy but personally, I feel I have given my best.
“I have taken risks that most of the time went positively and made us gain a lot of points. On a few occasions, it didn’t happen the way I wanted and we have lost a few points but I think as a whole, this season has been very positive for my performance.
“I am very happy and am looking forward to next year to see how much of a gain we will have,” Leclerc added.
The Ferrari SF1000 proved uncompetitive from the get-go, with it being especially slow on power-hungry circuits like Spa and Monza.
However, despite the SF1000’s lack of pace, Leclerc still managed to score two podiums this year, at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone.
He finished eighth in the Drivers’ Standings on 98 points, while his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished in P13 with a grand total of 33 points.
The Scuderia finished down in sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, just 24 points ahead of AlphaTauri in P7.