Charles Leclerc is anxious Pink Bull’s price of automotive growth may outstrip Ferrari’s this yr – doubtlessly undermining his title prospects.
By profitable the Australian Grand Prix, the Monegasque driver has constructed a 34-point lead over second-placed George Russell within the Drivers’ standings after three races, whereas Ferrari are 39 away from Mercedes within the Constructors’.
However by way of tempo, it’s Pink Bull who’ve been the closest rivals to Ferrari, their World Championship possibilities being hampered by three retirements out of six thus far.
Because of this, Pink Bull path the Italian giants by 49 factors, whereas Max Verstappen is just sixth within the defence of his Drivers’ crown – 5 factors behind his team-mate, Sergio Perez, as a result of Dutchman having had two DNFs together with one victory.
Pink Bull crew principal Christian Horner has stated he would moderately have a quick automotive with which the reliability may be resolved, versus a slower however reliable one which will not be able to racing on the entrance.
The consensus amongst groups, nevertheless, is that with closely revised rules this yr and all-new automobiles, the marketing campaign will evolve right into a growth race with a pecking order that adjustments all through the months and doubtlessly 20 extra grands prix resulting in the Abu Dhabi finale in November.
Leclerc fears Ferrari’s terrific begin, which represents an enormous step up from the place they had been in 2021 and particularly 2020, may in the end depend for little if they can’t enhance their automotive as rapidly as Pink Bull.
“I do know beneath me I’ve a automotive that’s able to profitable and I don’t actually must overdo issues or do one thing extraordinarily particular and spectacular to truly get one or two positions as a result of I do know it’s within the automotive and I simply must do the job,” Leclerc instructed reporters after his victory in Melbourne.
“So the mindset is a little bit bit totally different this yr.
“After which to maintain up with Pink Bull by way of growth can be tough. However the identical crew that did this automotive will work on the event for this yr’s automotive, so I’m assured.
“There isn’t a purpose for us to be on the again foot as a result of we’ve executed an awesome job, or the fellows at Maranello have executed an awesome job, increase this automotive for this yr.
“There are some developments coming and I’m assured it’ll go in the appropriate course.
“I wouldn’t focus an excessive amount of on the others. I believe we have to give attention to ourselves.”