Leclerc: ‘I did not expect to be second at all’

Charles Leclerc warned after being seventh in the classification of
2020 F1 Austrian GP
This Saturday I did not expect to have a good day this Sunday. But when madness takes over a race, anything can happen, and that’s how he went from the team’s regrets about his poor performance, to celebrating an unexpected podium at the Red Bull Ring that he managed to take advantage of each of the opportunities that he was given. an absolutely unpredictable date.

“I didn’t expect it at all. It was a huge surprise. We have done everything perfectly to be able to finish seconds. We have had some luck with the penalty of Lewis (Hamilton, sanctioned with 5 seconds for touching Albon) and some crashes here and there but they are part of the races, ”said the 22-year-old driver happily.

Charles Leclerc, second at the 2020 F1 Austrian GP

“That was the objective, to take advantage of all the opportunities we have had, and despite not having the rhythm to finish where we have done it, I am extremely satisfied, but we have a lot of work ahead of us ”, he added, without forgetting the harsh reality of Ferrari, its poor performance compared to Mercedes and Red Bull, and it was that if it had not been for the accidents, abandonments and penalties that were in the race, the Monegasque would have been far from this second position.

“We are far away, we are not where we want and anything is possible, so we must maintain mental strength and work as a team to return, although it will take time”He added, aware that the team plans to bring a great evolution to the third race of the year in Hungary, with a total change of car idea, in which Maranello They are working since after the tests they had to change the development plan.

The car he raced with today Leclerc It is the same one that showed great performance problems in the past tests of Barcelona and with this same car, the slowest on the straight in qualifying this weekend, he will have to fight again next week on the same track Spielberg.

The Ferrari will have to improve a lot with their evolution that they prepare for Hungary, the third race of the year
The Ferrari will have to improve a lot with their evolution that they prepare for Hungary, the third race of the year