Charles Leclerc warns Ferrari will be ‘exposed’ at 2023 British GP

Charles Leclerc has warned Ferrari could be in for a difficult weekend at Silverstone amid ongoing performance struggles.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc expects his team to encounter more challenges at Silverstone compared to their performance in Austria, where they demonstrated encouraging pace. 

Ferrari secured a front-row start for the first time since Azerbaijan, with Carlos Sainz qualifying in Barcelona, and Leclerc replicated the achievement in the latest race, putting an end to Max Verstappen’s dominant run of laps led since Miami.

Having addressed their primary weakness in races and restored confidence in their drivers, Ferrari showed promising signs at the Red Bull Ring. 

Leclerc acknowledged the team’s progress but remained cautious, stating to the media that their performance in Austria needed validation.

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“We couldn’t really prove it at any other tracks since Barcelona, but in Austria, the feeling was good, and the pace was a bit better than what we had for the first part of the season,” he said.

“However, we shouldn’t get carried away. Red Bull is still a lot in front, and I think this track, this weekend, will expose a bit more of our weaknesses. 

“So, we might struggle a bit more than what we’ve seen in Austria.”

Leclerc’s measured outlook reflects a realistic assessment of Ferrari’s progress and the competitive landscape in Formula 1. 

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While the team has made notable improvements and showcased their potential in Austria, they remain aware of the considerable advantage held by Red Bull. 

Leclerc’s anticipation of challenges at Silverstone highlights the need for continued development and refinement within the Ferrari camp.

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As the Formula 1 season progresses, all eyes will be on Ferrari to see if they can sustain their recent positive momentum. 

The team’s ability to address weaknesses and enhance their performance will be crucial in closing the gap to the leading contenders. Silverstone, with its unique characteristics and demands, presents a new set of challenges for Ferrari to navigate. 

The upcoming race will serve as a valuable litmus test, allowing the team to gauge their progress and identify areas for further improvement.