Ferrari and McLaren are break up by just 3.5 points likely into the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix and Charles Leclerc appeared to be quietly optimistic for the Scuderia’s odds as they aim to overhaul the deficit and choose third in the constructors’ championship.
Leclerc, who took pole in this article very last time F1 raced at the observe in 2019, completed fourth in the 2021 United States Grand Prix two weeks ago, and is aiming to make it a third-straight factors complete in Mexico. With Ferrari a whisker behind McLaren in the chase for P3 in the table, he weighed up his team’s odds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Thursday.
Read A lot more: ‘We’ll see’ – Perez non-committal on no matter whether he’d give up residence earn to Verstappen in Mexico Town GP
“On paper it must be a much better observe for us in comparison to Austin,” he mentioned, “but it is also true to say that often we have had great and terrible surprises in comparison to what we count on on paper so let’s not get carried absent too considerably and once again, target on our job. But it should really be quite a powerful race for us if we review ourselves to the other midfield groups.”
As for the struggle towards McLaren, he included: “We are still chasing them we are not in entrance of them, so it is heading to be incredibly, incredibly limited mainly because they are a quite strong staff, quite steady from the commencing of the year, so it is not heading to be quick.
“But as I reported we are performing perfectly as a team because the commencing of the period – every single time we introduced factors [upgrades] it went in the right way – so it’s hunting fantastic but all over again, we need to check out and do every little thing best till the close of the season and I’m confident we’ve obtained likelihood to end forward of them in the championship.”
It is not just Leclerc who’s on a scorching streak, but crew mate Carlos Sainz as well, the Spaniard acquiring scored in every race this year bar Portugal and France, which means that Ferrari have scored in all but one particular race this season: the French GP.
View: Mansell’s Peraltada move and Perez’s homecoming – 5 feelgood Mexican times from F1 historical past
“Yes, we have had a couple excellent races now,” stated Leclerc as he acknowledged Ferrari’s momentum. “Especially Austin was a very potent race for us, so it is fantastic to see that. It is not a track we expected to be potent or at the very least not stronger than McLaren, our major competition this year, and we had been, so it shows we are doing the job in the right path, and if we keep working at it then it’s hunting great for the long run. But indeed, we need to keep our head down and continue to keep working.
“Our large downforce offer has constantly labored quite nicely this season – in Monaco, in Budapest also – so sure, we’ll almost certainly run with it in this article. Which is why I assume we should really be aggressive [in Mexico],” he concluded.