Charles Leclerc proved to be the most surprising driver after fetching a place on the podium at Silverstone. Right after Lewis Hamilton was penalised for his collision against Max Verstappen, the Monegasque driver led the race for 50 laps, only to go second best behind the seven-time World Champion. Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Leclerc is quite happy with the optimism flowing in the team. But has urged them to be realistic.
Asked if a win could be on the cards at the more favorable, high-downforce Hungaroring, team principal Mattia Binotto spoke jokingly, “Not the win, the one-two!” Charles Leclerc, however, spoke quickly to prevent expectations from spiraling. Having said that, after the team’s worst season since 1980 last year, Leclerc expressed his pride at the work done to propel the Scuderia into the ‘fight for third’ with McLaren this time around.
Charles Leclerc Quells Out Ferrari Expectations of a Win at Hungarian Grand Prix
He explained as per GP Fans, “It is good to be optimistic and I think we all want to be optimistic after such a good performance in the last three races, to be honest, but on the other hand we also need to be realistic.
“Of course, it’s good and we are in a good mood, but I feel that going for the win in Budapest may be a bit optimistic, so realistically I think I will be happy if we are just behind the two top teams.”
“The team is working incredibly well, so I am very proud of the team,” he said. “Of course, it’s great to have these types of races, it cheers up everyone. There is a lot of work and it shows that we are doing something right and that we are working in the right direction.
“So we need to keep going like this. It won’t be a smooth-riding getting back to the top but we will give everything.”