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Leclerc: I would rather have boring F1 with Ferrari dominating

Leclerc: I would rather have boring F1 with Ferrari dominating

Leclerc: I would rather have boring F1 with Ferrari dominating

Charles Leclerc reflected on the current competitiveness at the front of the Formula 1 grid, and while admitting it’s good for the sport, he prefers that Ferrari dominates.

Red Bull have not being enjoying an advantage in 2024 so far like they did in 2022 and 2023, as Ferrari and McLaren seem to have caught up and challenging them now on a more regular basis.

Leclerc won the Monaco Grand Prix, and his teammate Carlos Sainz won the Australian Grand Prix, with McLaren’s Lando Norris beating Max Verstappen in Miami.

Asked about the current situation in terms of close competitiveness at the sharp end of the F1 grid, Leclerc said: “It is good. It is good for Formula 1.

“However, we need to look at ourselves and I would rather have boring F1 with Ferrari dominating than an exciting F1 with us struggling.

“So we still have some work to do, and obviously on weekend like this [Canada] we need to be on it and maximising all the points. I think that’s what we have done extremely well until now.

“Today [last Sunday] with the engine issue I don’t think we could have maximised much more. But these are the things that we need to look at and be on it,” he maintained.

Ferrari had a terrible time in Montreal this past weekend and failed to score any points with Leclerc retiring with power unit issues, while Sainz crashed out towards the end of the race.

Leclerc: Every time I was going on power, I didn’t know what I will get

Leclerc was asked about the power unit that ended his Canadian Grand Prix, he explained: “I don’t know what happened.

“Obviously, we were losing a second, I mean, at first, I think it was six tenths, but then some laps It was 1.2s, sometimes it was 1.5s, sometimes it was one second. So every time I was going on power, I didn’t know what I will get, and that was, first of all, very difficult to drive, very frustrating because in the straight, I would get overtaken by everybody, and very annoying because I had like 10 or 15 switches par lap to change to try and reset everything and to try to make it to work.

“But in the first part of the race, I think we did quite a good job managing that. And because we were in very wet conditions, or wet conditions, we could recover in corners, I was still believing we could finish in points. But then as soon as it dried up, I was sitting duck in the straights,” he added.

And while continuously changing settings while driving would’ve been a distraction in the wet, Leclerc insisted a drying up track made it more tricky, he said: “I found it a bit better when it was fully wet.

“The tricky part was when it was half dry half wet – you’ve got to look at your steering wheel, and there you’ve got only one line.

“And if you are off by two or three, five centimeters, you are done. So that was very tricky,” Leclerc concluded.

After closing the gap to Verstappen to 31 points due to this win, not scoring points in Montreal meant that Leclerc is now 56 points, and still second, behind the leading Dutchman in the 2024 F1 Drivers’ Championship.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier from Montreal)