Charles Leclerc has piled the pressure on rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, warning Ferrari could improve in a title fight. The Monegasque claimed there was definitely more to come” and said he is identifying areas where they can “unlock more performance.
He warned development will be key” as teams try to understand the new 2022 regulations. However, he said it was down to the “drivers” to help teams to stay competitive throughout the course of the season.
Speaking to RacingNews365, he said: “I feel good in general, but there’s definitely more to come. The thing I’m happy about is not really the performance but that I know exactly where I still need to work, and what I need to improve to unlock more performance.
“Whether it will be enough or not to win the World Championship, I have no idea. It’s still very early on in the season, but let’s say that it’s a very good start to the season.
“As I said many times, I think development will be key, and we as drivers need to help the team in the best way possible to keep this competitiveness.” Ferrari has been the team to beat so far with star performances in Sakhir and Jeddah.
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He said: “It wasn’t just the winter (in which we worked hard). This kind of project takes years. It has been a long road and we are not finished yet. There is still a lot to do and to improve. We want to bring the Ferrari culture back to this team, that’s what defines us.”
Binotto added the team had improved their facilities and were “much better prepared than in the past” for further car development.