On Thursday, at a press conference in Turkey, Charles Leclair talked about Ferrari’s chances of competing for fifth place in the constructors’ championship at the end of the season and talked about the progress he made in this difficult year.
Q: Charles, what do you think about the Turkish circuit?
Charles Leclair: I got acquainted with the track on a simulator, and today I rode it on a bicycle. I liked the track, at least on the simulator. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow to drive a real car. It should be interesting.
Q: Do you think that four races before the end of the season you will be able to catch up with Racing Point, which is now in fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship?
Charles Leclair: Complex issue. When we manage to squeeze the maximum out of the car, then we look quite competitive, but I do not have an exact answer to the question, what is our fair position.
If we really assess the chances, then it will be difficult for us to catch up with Racing Point, because they operate almost flawlessly. I hope we will succeed, but still at the moment we are more focused on solving our own problems in order to squeeze the maximum out of the car every weekend. If we manage to catch up with them, then I will take it as a nice bonus, but the goal of getting ahead of them at any cost is not worth it, since it will be quite difficult to achieve this.
Q: How do you assess your personal progress this season?
Charles Leclair: I am pleased with how I have added this season, especially in terms of rubber wear control. Last year working with rubber was my weak point, but I put in a lot of effort and now I’m doing better, which is positive.
I understand the people in the team better. Together we are working to get back to the positions we want to be. This unites, and I hope that the whole team will come out stronger from this situation.
Q: You say that you have added this season, but how do you manage to cope with the frustration that the car does not allow you to fight for higher positions?
Charles Leclair: I realized that I became better as a racer also because in difficult situations I do not give up. I focus on my tasks and try to show as high a result as possible, even if it is not about fighting for victories or podiums.
I became more patient, although I had never been like this before. I have no choice but to accept the current situation. I have no doubt that now I am better as a driver than at the beginning of the season. I don’t know if this is related to our current form, but my approach to work has not changed – I try to analyze my weaknesses and eliminate them.