Charles Leclerc believes that it is the right decision for Scuderia Ferrari to give up the battle in 2021 to be fully focused on the 2022 title battle.
After a disappointing 2020 season, Ferrari seems to be recovering from that form. The Prancing Horses are in contention for third place in the Constructors’ Championship. Leclerc supposes that the team should concentrate more on the next season with its big changes to try to reach Mercedes and Red Bull.
“If you had the contract in front of me telling me that we sacrifice 2021 for a competitive 2022, I will be happy to take it – but nobody has this guarantee, unfortunately,” he said on the Beyond The Grid podcast.
“[I’m pushing the team] more to focus on 2022. And I think this is clear for everyone. 2022 will be a huge opportunity for everyone. These new cars are going to stay for many years after that.
“This year, OK, we are still fighting with McLaren for the third place in the constructors, but at the end, we know that our goal is to fight for the first position very, very soon, and this will be from 2022 onwards, and not this year.
“So I will be happy to give up about the third place in the constructors in 2021 to be fighting for the first place in 2022.”