Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies has said the preparations Ferrari made coming into qualifying gave drivers the best chance to take pole, which Charles Leclerc eventually did.
Despite crashing and narrowly avoiding gearbox damage, Charles Leclerc took his, and Ferrari’s first pole since Mexico 2019, an almost two-year wait. Mekies said the team is heading in the right direction, and Monaco was the prime example of it.
“It was good, for sure, to fight on the front, to fight for pole was good,” Mekies said.
“Both Carlos and Charles have been fast all weekend, from the first time the car hit the ground here. We feel that it’s just a step showing us that we’re working in the right direction. It doesn’t remove what we have ahead of us, but that feeling was certainly good.”
It has been 27 races since Ferrari last took a victory, the longest dry spell since their 2013-14 campaigns when they went without a win for 34 races. Mekies was quietly hopeful that the dry spell could end this weekend.
“I don’t think you have any driver that starts on pole that thinks he cannot win the race. Of course, it’s a completely different game. There is no secret that we have focused on our preparations pretty much for qualy, for obvious reasons here.”
“For sure, if you start at the front, you are going to target to fight for the wins. That would be a lie if I was thinking otherwise.”