Leclerc sees recent F1 races as testing ground for Ferrari strategy

The Monegasque still has a mathematical chance to prevent rival Max Verstappen from securing the crown, but realistically his Dutch rival is likely to conclude in Japan this weekend.

But rather than feeling that the end of the campaign is now a wasted effort with the title lost, Leclerc sees the latest events as a key chance for Ferrari to improve in areas where it has been weak this year.

In particular, he thinks his Maranello bosses can take the opportunity to make sure their racing strategies are perfect, having suffered a few slip-ups during 2022.

So while he was disappointed to lose the Singapore Grand Prix victory, he was pleased that it was a day when Ferrari timed their pit stops well.

“I want to use these last races to allow us to improve the execution of the race, in particular, and I feel that is a step forward this weekend,” he said. .

“We have to take more steps forward. It’s a good step in the right direction, and about that I’m happy, but of course frustrated with second place.”

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto felt the team had done a great job on the pit wall in Singapore trying to be aggressive against eventual winner Sergio Perez.

“I think we made the right decisions,” he said. “We were among the first to ride slicks at a time when the track was not perfectly dry, and with that choice we forced Perez to stop. In doing so, we tried to change what could be the destiny of the race.”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

With Leclerc finishing second and Carlos Sainz third, the Singapore GP was the first time since the Miami GP in May that Ferrari had two cars on the podium.

Sainz felt the team had learned a lot from the mistakes made this year and could go from strength to strength over the coming weeks which could help them in 2023.

“It’s good news to see that the race went well for both sides,” said the Spaniard. “There are still things that I believe we need to keep improving and doing better, but the team is taking huge steps forward.

“We learn from every situation. And like Charles said, you know, these last five races, or these last six counting with this one, they’re going to be great preparation for us to be better at the forefront. positions next year.

“Clearly the car is there, the drivers, we are there. We just have to keep improving the execution and whenever we have the opportunities, take them.”

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