Leclerc Says Ferrari’s 2021 Gains Aren’t A ‘Complete Surprise’

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has said that the Scuderia’s improved form this year isn’t a “complete surprise”, given all the work that has been going on in Maranello.

The Scuderia are fighting with McLaren for P3 in the Constructors’ Standings this campaign, off the back of a miserable 2020 season which saw them languishing in the midfield and scoring only three podiums.

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Speaking this week, Leclerc said their on-track gains clearly show that Ferrari have been doing something right.

“[This year has gone] better than expected,” Leclerc said, as quoted by RacingNews365.

“I think there’s a lot of work behind [it] and obviously I can see it, whenever I go to Maranello [and] here at the track.

“So it’s not a complete surprise. Obviously there is a big gain compared to last year, which is great to see and it shows that we are doing something right in the way we work.

“But it’s not the end of the road, and we have as a target to be back on top.

“We are just not really focusing on expectations, we are just focusing on the work to do, back in Maranello and at the track, and trying to maximise everything to be back to where we want to be as soon as possible.”

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Ferrari are currently third in the Constructors’ Standings, level with McLaren on 163 points.

As for how things are shaping up for the Scuderia in the Drivers’ Championship, Leclerc is seventh on 80 points, while his new team-mate, Carlos Sainz, is sixth on 83 points. 

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