2021 may have been a positive campaign for Ferrari, but Charles Leclerc says the road to title fights is “still very long” for the team.
After a disaster of a season in 2020, this year has been much better for the Italian team, with them climbing back up to the top of the midfield and claiming pole positions and podiums.
Leclerc says that his car has indeed felt much better in terms or both pace and consistency, and is convinced the Scuderia are heading in the right direction.
That being said, he still thinks it will be a long time before they’ll be fighting for titles again.
“It feels different,” he said.
“Already from the first race, I felt more confident with this car. The performance overall has just been better and we have also been more consistent compared to last year so it is good to see that.
“It shows we are working in the right direction. The road is still very long until we reach our objectives which is to fight again for the title
“But it has been a good step forward from last year and now we need to continue working in this direction.”
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Leclerc and co have spent the year locked in a battle for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship with McLaren.
It’s one that they’re currently losing, with the British team holding a lead of 17 and a half points thanks to their recent 1-2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Monegasque says their rivals being so strong isn’t good for Ferrari, but is at least pleased that they’re able to challenge them.
“They are having a very good season unfortunately but it is good that we have such a fight,” continued Leclerc.
“We have been very, very close during the whole season. In Monza, they were very strong and we will try to catch up now.
“Obviously, they are very quick, very consistent also, so now it is our job to try and maximise every weekend and hopefully we can get back in front of them at the end of the championship.”
The intra-team battle at Ferrari is also tight, with Leclerc currently trailing team-mate Carlos Sainz by 8.5 points to the surprise of many.
Why Ferrari title fight is still far away
Charles Leclerc believes that Ferrari's return to the title fight is still a little bit far away.