Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says he will try to do something special at the Mexican Grand Prix, although he adds that their goal is to beat McLaren. Leclerc is in great shape. The Monegasque finished among the top five in four of the last five races, and Ferrari is expected to be extremely strong at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The high altitude will force teams to use their packages with a high level of downforce, which could bring Ferrari significantly closer to Red Bull and Mercedes, after winning pole positions in Monaco and Baku where similar settings are used.
The driver of the Italian team says he likes optimism but also clarifies that they are not fighting with the leading two teams because he explains that he has in mind to be ahead of McLaren with whom they are fighting for 3rd place in the constructors' championship.
"I like optimism, but I also think we should be realistic," Leclerc said. "Of course, on paper, it looks like it's going to be a promising weekend for us." "But we are not fighting Red Bull and Mercedes at all, they are too far ahead.
The goal is to try to be ahead of McLaren, and we will keep that in mind. "
However, Leclerc adds how to try to do something special if the opportunity arises, even though it seems impossible on paper.
"Of course, if there is an opportunity for better, I will go for it as always, and I will try to do something special. On paper, that seems impossible for now, "Charles is clear. Leclerc’s strong form has boosted Ferrari’s chances of taking third place from McLaren in the constructors ’championship, as they are just 3.5 points behind their rivals with five races by the end of the season.
The Monegasque expects Ferrari to at least lead the fight in the middle of the grid on the track, which he describes as "strange" “That (Mexico) should be a better track for us compared to Austin. But it is also true to say that sometimes we had good and bad surprises compared to what we expected on paper.
" "So let's not get too carried away and focus on our work. But it should be a pretty strong race for us if we compare ourselves to other mid-grid teams. " Ferrari is in good shape and will probably continue to do so in Mexico. They have made the most progress compared to last season, and do not intend to stop