Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): “It should be close” / Formula 1

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): “It should be close” / Formula 1

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc finished fourth at Suzuka. The Monegasque believes: In Shanghai the Reds should be close to the Red Bull Championship. But the world champion team will be ahead, he predicts.

Charles Leclerc has been on the podium twice in the Formula 1 season so far, which is only four race weekends. The Ferrari star made it to the podium in third place in Saudi Arabia and finished second in the following race in Melbourne. Both times he also earned a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race. He finished fourth in the races in Bahrain and Japan.

In the most recent rollercoaster race at Suzuka, the Monegasque was impressed with its tire management. He made it through just one stop after the red flag and was able to move up from 8th on the grid. He starts the weekend race in China in third place in the World Championship.

Ahead of his return to the Shanghai International Circuit, the 26-year-old said: “On paper, we should be a bit stronger at this track than at Suzuka. But we will approach the weekend like any other. Red Bull Racing will probably be ahead here as well and I think we need to focus more and get the most out of the two qualifying sessions. Overall we did well in race conditions this year.”

And the racing driver from Monte Carlo insists: “I think we should be closer to the front people in the race. But let’s see how it goes, it’s been a long time since we’ve been here and the asphalt has been painted, if I saw it correctly. Let’s see how our car handles it.”

World Championship Standings (after 4 out of 24 Grands Prix)

the driver
01. Verstappen 77 points
02. Perez 64
03. Leclerc 59
04. Sainz 55
05. Norris 37
06. Plate 32
07. Russell 24
08. Alonso 24
09. Hamilton 10
10. Walk 7
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman 6
13. Hulkenberg 3
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Zhou 0
17. Ricciardo 0
18. Okon 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 141 Punkte
02. Ferrari 120
03. McLaren 69
04. Mercedes 34
05. Aston Martin 33
06. Running Bull 7
07. Especially 4
08. Williams 0
09. Sauber 0
10. Alpine 0