"Here in Le Castellet I expect a return to reality. I also expected it in Baku, and we got a fourth place. At the time I had my predictions wrong, and I hope to be wrong again, but I think that for this weekend we will unfortunately have to revise the expectations ".
Thus the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in the Thursday press conference for the French Formula 1 GP, recalling his words on the eve of the race in Azerbaijan which instead he managed to close just off the podium.
"We will struggle a bit more than last weekend, this circuit has a higher average speed - added the Monegasque driver -. In any case, I don't expect to be out of the points. I think we can aspire to be fourth, if not the third team, so we will fight with McLaren, AlphaTauri, the same teams we usually fight against, but with a greater gap than Mercedes and Red Bull. " According to Leclerc, Ferrari still has to improve in the medium-fast corners, which are numerous at the Paul Ricard circuit. "We have to try, step by step, to improve performance and get the most out of our car - he explained -, because in general we lack something in the overall package".
Leclerc also talked about the issue of tire pressure, which has become almost divisive after the accidents in Azerbaijan: "Safety should always be the most important thing, the teams must respect the regulations, said the Ferrari driver." Sometimes they try to play with it. but the teams have to make the cars safe for the drivers. "