Delighted Charles Leclerc praises Ferrari improvements after just missing a podium finish in his ‘very competitive’ car at the Spanish Grand Prix … because he admits it is ‘very good’ to see the team come back in the standings after horror 2020
- Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc finished fourth for the second time this season
- He is fifth in the standings – a huge improvement after finishing eighth last year
- Fourth-placed Ferrari are enjoying a better season after their sixth-place finish in 2020
- Leclerc has outpaced teammate Carlos Sainz in every race so far this season
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is confident he can fight the top three in Formula 1 after finishing fourth after another impressive race in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Leclerc finished fourth in Saturday’s qualifying and today produced a fantastic pass to Bottas at the start of the race to move up to third place, but he had to settle for fourth after Bottas re-emerged from a pit stop slid.
But it is yet another sign of massive improvements for Ferrari and the Monaco-born driver. Leclerc only finished eighth last season, but in his four races so far he finished no worse than sixth.
Charles Leclerc has been impressive this season so far, with a worst finish of a sixth to date
And teammate Carlos Sainz has managed to back Leclerc with three top-eight finishes – the same number that Sebastian Vettel achieved last year.
It sees Ferrari in fourth place in the constructors’ standings and within five points of McLaren – a significant jump from their sixth place last season.
“I had a good start,” said Leclerc F1.com.
‘Then I went for the outside in Turn 3 and it worked for us and from then on we’ve had a really, really good race, very competitive all through the race, and for now P4 is definitely the best. we could have done it today.
So I’m happy with what the team has done this weekend; we should be happy at times like this and now we just have to work more and improve the car and fight for third place.
“It feels very good,” continued Leclerc. “Because it just means that everything we do, every direction we’ve taken in development so far is the right one, and we can show that on the right track.”
Charles Leclerc (bottom) passed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas (top) in the first corner