Leclerc: Silverstone podium ‘optimistic’ but possible

Date published: July 16 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc is not going into the British GP with podium expectations, but will jump on any opportunity which presents itself.

The Monegasque driver has good memories of Silverstone in Ferrari colours, having finished on the podium there in both 2019 and 2020.

Extending that streak to three in a row then would be perfect, and considering Ferrari’s progress between 2020 and this season, a top-three finish can not be ruled out with the team now in a far stronger position than they were at the 2020 British Grand Prix.

But just like last year, Leclerc knows that the expectation of a podium would be optimistic. But an opportunity presented itself in 2020 in the form of tyre failures for several rivals, and so Leclerc is ready to take advantage of any helping hand that may come along this year.

“I think there was an improvement from last year,” he told Sky Italia.

“We’re going on the right path, I believe in this team and I’m happy with how we’re developing.

“The podium maybe this weekend is a bit too optimistic but you never know. I will take advantage of all the opportunities I will have and let’s hope in the end it will result in a podium.”

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Ferrari’s last victory in Formula 1 came back at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, so it continues to be a long road back to the top for the Scuderia.

But with the new cars coming for 2022, Leclerc sees a clear opportunity for Ferrari to return to winning ways.

“I think 2022 is a good opportunity,” he confirmed.

“The car will completely change so there there will be really an opportunity for Ferrari to do well. Then we’ll see in 2022, we’ll see where we start and how much we have to work to arrive at the top.”

Key to that return to the top though will be the entire team working at the peak of its ability, not only Leclerc and team-mate Carlos Sainz.

“For sure, for sure it’s very important. The team is everything because we drive the car, maybe we’re more in front of the cameras than the people in Maranello for sure,” said Leclerc.

“But in the end they make a difference even more than us and [it’s] when we are all united for the same goal that we will manage to be very good and I believe the spirit is the right one in this moment at Ferrari, we have to keep pushing like this and we’ll make it.”

Additional reporting by Luca Brambilla

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