Second in the drivers’ standings in 2022, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) recently returned for L’Equipe on his season made up of “many ups and downs. »
Charles Leclerc wants even more. While the Monegasque has just completed the best season of his career by finishing second in the drivers’ classification in 2022 (with three victories), it’s time to take stock for the person concerned. “What to remember? The fact that we have become competitive again. The previous two years were super frustrating. We were fighting for positions that weren’t super exciting. It’s really nice to be back in the battle for the top spots and the wins. 2020 and 2021, it was complicated. Especially after the first year when everything was going great. In 2019, I won my first two Grands Prix. Taking a step back was hard “, in particular recognized the Ferrari driver.
“There were a lot of ups and downs”
« I was not worried. I knew that if I had a good car, I could fight for wins again. It was more of a surprise that it happened already this year, knowing how complicated it had been. The end of the season? Emotionally, there have been many ups and downs, Leclerc later confided in an interview with L’Equipe. Our start to the season has been almost perfect. The first three-four races turned out to be very good. The middle of the season was very complicated with a lot of engine problems, engine penalties and strategic concerns, which meant that we never managed to achieve the performance of the car. And the end of the season we found ourselves a little below, compared to Red Bull or Mercedes. »
Leclerc thinks only of Ferrari
“The rumor of the departure of Mattia Binotto and the arrival in place of Cédric Vasseur? PFor now, these are just rumours. In F1, there are always some; and at Ferrari, even more… I learned not to think too much about these rumors and comment on them. Especially right now. (…) An interest from Mercedes at the end of his contract? 2024 is still a long time away and there is still a little time left at Ferrari. This team has always been my dream. My objective for now is to win with Ferrari. Then we’ll see. I am very happy at Ferrari and I want to win with them “, finally declared the Monegasque, who hopes to shine even more in 2023 with the Scuderia.