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Leclerc: We will see a stronger Red Bull in Barcelona

Leclerc: We will see a stronger Red Bull in Barcelona

Leclerc: We will see a stronger Red Bull in Barcelona

Charles Leclerc is expecting to see the dominant Red Bull, that started the 2024 Formula 1 season, return this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Red Bull have been struggling to fend off McLaren and Ferrari since Miami, with Mercedes joining the fight in Canada where George Russell took pole position and finished third.

But Leclerc is under no illusions that beating Red Bull will be easy, especially as a track like Barcelona, where everyone expects the RB20 to be back in its element with no need for kerb riding, a factor that was decisive in tracks like Miami, Monaco and Canada.

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Speaking to the media in Barcelona, including GrandPrix247, Leclerc was asked about his expectations from Red Bull this weekend.

He said: “Me personally, and I’m not speaking on behalf of the team, but my personal opinion is that we will see a stronger Red Bull, a Red Bull that we have seen at the beginning of the season back here in Barcelona, because of the track layout. I see them recovering very fast around here.

“And I do also believe that the last four races, from Miami to the last race in Canada were quite a lot about kerb riding as well. And it’s probably not one of the strengths of the Red Bulls. So I believe we’ll see them back to a really good level this weekend,” he explained.

The Ferrari driver, however, is hoping that upgrades his SF-24 will be having this weekend will help them fight with the Bulls, he added: “We also have some new parts in the in the car for this weekend.

Barcelona will be an interesting weekend

“And if that helps us to be very close here. It’s a good sign for the race because normally Barcelona is quite representative for the rest of the season. So it’s going to be an interesting weekend, and if you can fight here, it’s a good sign for the rest of the season,” the Monegasque maintained.

Leclerc was quizzed whether he was downplaying Ferrari’s chances for the Spanish GP, but he insisted that was not the case as he genuinely expected Red Bull to have the advantage especially in race trim.

He continued: “I truly believe that come Sunday, and especially during the race, they [Red Bull] will have the upper hand. How much will the advantage be? I’m not sure.

“And it’s impossible to answer for now. We are much closer than what we were seven, eight months ago, and I think that keeps me optimistic for the future because we are doing a good job as a team and we have a clear vision of what we want to improve.

“But, I don’t think we are downplaying, I’m being very honest of where I think we will be for this weekend, and that means I think we are a bit behind Red Bull coming race day. In qualifying, I think it will be closer,” Leclerc concluded.

Leclerc became the third driver other than Max Verstappen to win a race in 2024 after his victory at home in Monaco. His teammate Carlos Sainz won the Australian GP in Melbourne while Lando Norris won in the Miami.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier from Barcelona)