Charles Leclerc: "We're going in the right direction"

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Charles Leclerc: "We're going in the right direction"

Charles Leclerc says his team is going in the right direction as they won the best spot of the others at the US Grand Prix, having an advantage of more than 20 seconds over the nearest McLaren. Ferrari unveiled the new powertrain at the Russian Grand Prix, and Charles Leclerc was the first driver of the Italian team to receive this engine.

After him, at the Turkish Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz came in line for a new engine. The new hybrid engine system proved to be a complete hit. Ferrari drivers have shown a significant breakthrough in performance on both tracks.

This momentum was also transferred to Austin where Leclerc was extremely fast. The Monegasque showed clear speed in both the qualifiers and the race. No less was Sainz, who had a minor incident with Ricciardo, but it cost him a better result because he damaged the front wing.

Leclerc on the race

However, Leclerc’s fourth-place finish in Austin helped Ferrari reduce the gap behind McLaren to just 3.5 points, with five races left by the end of the season. "It was a very, very good race.

The tempo was present, (a) each round was a qualifying round. It also shows that we are working in the right direction - that as a team we are making improvements race after race, and that is nice to see, ”says Leclerc.

"Every race is different, but it was definitely a great ride and a great car to drive," he added. The Ferrari driver thinks the difference between them and McLaren is very small. The reason they are on par with the team from Woking is to make a new engine, but also some additional upgrades they had during this season.

"The differences between McLaren and us are very, very small. Obviously, since we installed the new engine, we got a little (performance), but that was enough to put us in the best possible position, "he assures.

"Although the 2021 season in which we focus on 2022, this year we still had two or three upgrades that forced us to be better every time. It is up to two or three upgrades that we have brought this year, "concluded Leclerc.

Ferrari is one of the pleasant positive stories this season, and it’s amazing what kind of team spirit reigns in their team. With this kind of progress in the future, they could do great things and recall the era in which they dominated with Schumacher.