Charles Leclerc believes the only chance of winning a race in 2021 for Ferrari has been thrown away last weekend in Monaco.

The Scuderia was extremely competitive in Monte Carlo, where Leclerc grabbed pole position and Carlos Sainz finished second in the race.

Despite taking pole position, Leclerc did not start the Grand Prix due to the failure of the left driveshaft right before the start of the race.

Leclerc admitted after the race that his home race might have been the only one that Ferrari could have won.

“Of course, it is difficult because it’s at home,” he said. “It’s not every day that we have the chance to be in such a good place.

“But at the end, it’s like this, and it’s part of motorsports. And these things can happen. As Mattia [Binotto, Ferrari team principal] said, that’s what I will try to remember from this weekend, all the positive signs we’ve had. We are coming back from quite far if we see last year, so we’ve done a good job by improving races after races.

“Here it might be a one-off to be fighting for the win, but that doesn’t mean that there has been no progress.”

Leclerc added that, compared to last season, Ferrari improved in many aspects, and he is happy about that.

“We are on the good road, we are working well. Surely, luck was not on my side this weekend, and it is life.

“I’ll just get over it, think about Baku, I’m very, very motivated to be back in the car and to hopefully have a very good result.”

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