After going very close to win the 2021 Silverstone GP, Charles Leclerc admitted that Ferrari has not the pace to fight against Mercedes for the rest of the season.
The Ferrari driver took the lead of the race on the first lap when the two title contenders, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, collided. However, even though he led 49 laps out of 52, Lewis was too fast for Charles and the Briton overtook him with two laps to go.
Leclerc was disappointed to lose the win with two laps until the end, but on the other hand, he was happy to see how strong Ferrari was after the issues seen in France.
“Going into the weekend, there was absolutely no hope of fighting for a win here in Silverstone,” Leclerc said after the race.
“This shows how great a job we are doing as a team. It’s not an easy situation, but the team is working extremely well. We are working extremely well as a team, and we have shown that today with this second place.
“Now we need to keep on working because that’s what we want to do consistently: fight for the win.
“It’s great to be fighting today with Lewis, but we shouldn’t expect to be in that position for the rest of the year. For that, we need to keep working.”
Thanks to the great result, Ferrari also managed to close the gap to McLaren in the constructor championship.
Leclerc also admitted that the race at Silverstone was one of the best Grand Prix of his career.
“Yeah, I was really on it every lap.
“I don’t think there is one lap where I did a big mistake. And especially in the first stint, with the problems we had with the engine, I thought my race was over
“I had quite a lot of things to do on the steering wheel, but yeah, I think we managed the situation very, very well.
“We managed to diminish these engine cuts for the rest of the race.”