A shock home pole position in Monaco was followed by disappointment for Leclerc when he retired on the way to the grid – but he followed with another astonishing pole position in Baku. There he fell in order, but only in P4, in an incredible contest.
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But ahead of the French Grand Prix, Leclerc said he didn’t expect a repeat from Baku and Monaco at Circuit Paul Ricard.
He explained, “I think it’s going to come back to reality a bit. It’s been two weekends: in Monaco we weren’t expecting to be so competitive, in Baku we certainly weren’t expecting it, and we expected a comeback in Baku – but in fact, I think that this weekend is unfortunately going to be the weekend where we come back to reality and where we will have a little more trouble compared to the last two weekends.
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“Well, I really hope it won’t be outside the points, but no, I feel like we’re probably going to be the fourth, third team to fight with McLaren, AlphaTauri, still these same teams that we are fighting. But with a little more distance from the best teams, which are Mercedes and Red Bull, ”he said.
As for his teammate Carlos Sainz, himself on the podium in Monaco, the Spaniard echoed Leclerc’s comments, but said he was focusing on mastering the Ferrari and not the Scuderia’s place. in a crowded midfield battle.
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” I can not wait to be there ; To be honest I’m more focused on myself than the performance of the car at the moment as I think there is a lot more to myself to prepare for a weekend. I don’t focus too much on other people, ”Sainz said.
Ferrari is just two points ahead of rivals McLaren heading into the French Grand Prix while Lando Norris has already identified the main differences between the two teams’ performances.