Charles Leclerc thinks the variety seen among the designs of the all-new 2022 cars may lead to some “surprises” in the forthcoming season.
Several teams have referred to the heavily-revised regulations meaning designers had to start with a “blank sheet of paper” in coming up with this year’s challengers.
Of the eight teams who have held an online launch so far – Alpine become the ninth today – not all have revealed something close to what their car will look like for the first race of the new campaign in Bahrain on March 20.
Ferrari, however, have been among the most open with the F1-75, which has attracted a lot of praise since it was shown to the world – not least from Leclerc himself.
The Monegasque driver admitted that from what he had seen so far, he thought the cars would have followed a template more closely – and therefore it is possible a team may just have aced it with what they have created.
“It’s certainly going to be interesting,” said Leclerc, quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Looking at the cars, I thought there would be fewer differences but instead I saw everyone followed their own concept, which means it will be interesting and could create surprises. We will find out soon enough.”
Only a few more days and we’ll be back on track with F1-75 again 🙌#essereFerrari 🔴 @Charles_Leclerc pic.twitter.com/KqIep8gA2K
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 20, 2022
After the woeful lows of the 2020 season when they slumped to a dismal sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship, Ferrari bounced back to finish third last year and are being tipped by some pundits to win a few races at the very least this term.
Ferrari chairman John Elkann has also made it clear a “return to our winning ways” is expected.
Leclerc is certainly feeling the optimism as he and team-mate Carlos Sainz aim to give the Scuderia their first grand prix victories since their three in a row during September 2019.
“Expectations are high because we are Ferrari and the aim is always to win, so I’m confident having seen the work done by the whole team,” added Leclerc.
“Of course it’s not easy and we will only see the real values at the first qualifying of the season.
“But it’s great to see how motivated everyone is and I can’t wait to get into this wonderful car.”
Leclerc had his first taste of the F1-75 on track in its shakedown at Fiorano and now, along with Sainz, moves on to the unofficial testing session in Barcelona this week.
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