The Scuderia flew out of the blocks to win two of the opening three races this season because it sought to finish a title drought relationship again to its 2008 constructors’ championship triumph.
However the mixture of strategic disasters (notably at Silverstone and Budapest) plus its early unreliability has allowed contributed vastly to its drivers’ and groups’ championship problem collapsing.
Crimson Bull, in flip, collected its first constructors’ crown since 2013 with three rounds to spare due to Max Verstappen’s victory final weekend in the US Grand Prix.
With its title designs slipping, Ferrari has turned its consideration to getting ready for 2023 by utilizing the ultimate races of this yr to raised execute its pitstops procedures and technique calls.
Whereas Leclerc reckoned the F1-75 nonetheless couldn’t totally match the key positive aspects in tempo Crimson Bull might discover between qualifying and the race, the Monegasque stated Ferrari was “getting there”.
Talking within the press convention forward of the Mexican GP this weekend, Leclerc addressed the probabilities of ending a winless run stretching again to the French spherical in late July.
He stated: “It’s tough to know for now.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
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“I nonetheless imagine that Crimson Bull would be the group to beat on Sunday.
“They at all times appear to search out one thing from the Saturday to the Sunday that we did not fairly discover but, however we’re getting there.”
When requested by Autosport to make clear the areas the place Ferrari felt most assured it was catching as much as Crimson Bull, Leclerc put the give attention to race execution moderately than outright tempo.
Nevertheless, he reckoned that any of the eye given to extracting extra velocity would repay quickly sufficient given the group’s capacity to enhance quickly, in his personal view.
He continued: “I used to be largely talking concerning the Sunday execution, not the efficiency in itself.
“However as I have been mentioning, since a number of races, we’re working lots on the technique, on the communication aspect of it additionally.
“This I really feel like we’re doing steps in the appropriate path.
“However after all, there’s nonetheless the hole of efficiency on the Sunday to the Crimson Bull that we nonetheless want to search out and enhance.
“On that, we’re working. We’ve not discovered but the answer. However we’re working effectively.
“As soon as we’re specializing in one factor, we usually enhance in a short time on it.
“So, I am assured that the outcomes will come quickly.”
Leclerc enters the weekend second within the drivers’ standings, solely two factors forward of Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez.