Charles Leclerc has reflected on Ferrari’s “disappointing” campaign
that saw it drop to second place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Ferrari entered the year hopeful of giving Red Bull a title fight
after it returned to the top step in 2022 following a run of
difficult seasons. However, it was unable to consistently compete
against Red Bull who dominated the field, winning 21 out of the 22
races staged. Leclerc’s season ended on a high as he scored two
podiums at the final two rounds of the year – but the Monegasque
driver conceded that Ferrari’s campaign was overall a disheartening
one. “To be honest it’s been a disappointing season,” Leclerc told
media including . “After last year, we expected
to come to this season and try and fight for the championship which
after the first race, we straightaway understood how difficult it
will be compared to the Red Bull that had done a huge step forward,
especially in race pace. “We didn’t do the same step. So from that
moment onwards, it was a bit disappointing.” Leclerc highlights
Ferrari progress There were positives from Ferrari’s campaign as it
took victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, marking the only time in
the year that Red Bull was defeated. Despite seeing the margin to
Red Bull grow from 2022 to this past season, Leclerc asserted that
there was progression from within the Ferrari organisation. “On the
other hand, if you just look at this season – forget about last
season – I think we’ve progressed quite a lot throughout the season
which is positive and makes me confident for the future,” he said.
“But there’s a big gap to fill to get back the Red Bulls so we’ll
work hard during the winter break. “Hopefully we’ll come back
stronger next year with a car that is capable of winning.”

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