The seasoned Monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc, a familiar face in the exhilarating world of Formula 1, recently shared his insights on the diminishing significance of pole positions despite amassing an impressive tally of 23 throughout his career.
“Normally it’s the victories. Of course, a pole position feels good, but I’ve already got 23 of them. And of course, the whole thing is clouded by the fact that I already know on Saturday that Sunday will be much more difficult,” remarked Leclerc, emphasizing the challenges posed by the main race.
This shift in perspective extends beyond Leclerc himself, with even the fans expressing diminished confidence in the Ferrari driver as a race favorite, despite starting from pole position.
Transformative Season for Charles Leclerc
Leclerc further elucidated his evolving outlook by renouncing the notion that pole positions are still a ‘highlight’ for him. Instead, he emphasized that the most significant aspect of the season was the team’s ability to identify and address issues within the car, implementing crucial changes for improvement.
“That’s why pole positions are no longer a real highlight. That’s why the best thing for me this year was that I helped to understand the car and transform it in a direction that is better and will lead us back to success in the medium term. Especially because it was so difficult to reach this understanding,” declared Leclerc, highlighting the collaborative effort in enhancing car performance.
Car Performance Takes Center Stage
The 2023 season witnessed Charles Leclerc facing a winless streak, in stark contrast to his teammate Carlos Sainz, who secured a notable victory at the Singaporean Grand Prix. Despite Sainz’s triumph, Leclerc excelled in championship standings and points.
Leclerc, finishing fifth in the standings, underlined his indifference to championship rankings, emphasizing that the team’s focus should be on continuous improvements in car performance rather than pursuing victories.
Looking ahead, Ferrari aims to reclaim their former glory and contend with Red Bull for the constructor’s championship in the upcoming season, following a modest P3 finish in the constructors’ standings this season.