Ferrari and McLaren are split by just 3.5 points heading into the Mexico City Grand Prix and Charles Leclerc appeared to be quietly optimistic about the Scuderia’s chances as they aim to overcome the deficit and take third place in the constructors’ championship. .
Leclerc, who took pole here the last time F1 raced on the track in 2019, finished fourth at the 2021 United States Grand Prix two weeks ago, and is aiming to score a third consecutive point in Mexico. With Ferrari a mustache behind McLaren in pursuit of the P3 on the table, he weighed his team’s chances at Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez on Thursday.
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“On paper, it should be a better track for us compared to Austin,” he said, “but it’s also true to say that we have had good and bad surprises at times compared to what we expect on paper, so let’s not get lost. carry too much and again, focus on our work. But it should be a pretty strong race for us compared to the other midfield teams.
Regarding the fight against McLaren, he added: “We are still chasing them; We are not ahead of them, so it will be very, very tight because they are a very strong team, very consistent since the beginning of the year, so it will not be easy.
“But like I said, we are working well as a team since the beginning of the season, every time we bring things [upgrades] It was in the right direction, so it looks good, but again, we must try to do everything perfect until the end of the season and I am sure we have a chance of finishing ahead of them in the championship.
It is not only Leclerc who is on a hot streak, but also his teammate Carlos Sainz, the Spaniard has scored in all races this season except Portugal and France, which means that Ferrari has scored in all but one race this season. : the French GP.
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“Yes, we have had some good races now,” said Leclerc, acknowledging Ferrari’s momentum. “Austin especially was a pretty strong race for us, so it’s good to see that. It’s not a track that we expected to be strong or at least not stronger than McLaren, our main competitors this year, and we were, so it shows that we are working in the right direction, and if we keep working on it then it looks good. for the future. But yes, we have to keep our heads down and keep working.
“Our high downforce package has always performed quite well this season, in Monaco, also in Budapest, so yes, we will probably race with it here. So I think we should be competitive [in Mexico], »He concluded.