Leclerc downbeat ahead of British GP despite Austria podium

The Monegasque was the closest challenger to Max Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring.


Charles Leclerc is not confident that he and Ferrari can challenge for victory at the British Grand Prix.

The Scuderia driver was fractions of a second away from pole position in Austria and finished second after Ferrari brought upgrades to the Red Bull Ring. Leclerc also has a good record at Silverstone, although he is yet to win at the home of British motorsport.

And the Monegasque doesn’t see that happening this weekend either, as he believes Ferrari’s weaknesses will be exposed compared to Mercedes and Aston Martin.

“Since Barcelona, the feeling has been going in the right direction,” Leclerc told the media, including, ahead of the British GP.

“In Austria, the feeling was good and the pace was better than we have had in the first half of the season. There were some steps made but we shouldn’t get carried away.

“The Red Bull is still a lot in front and I think the track this weekend will expose more our weaknesses. We might struggle more than we did in Austria.”

Podium push

Given the speed Red Bull have in both qualifying and the race, victory is almost off the table for everybody else, unless the RB19 suffers an unforeseen issue.

Leclerc should be one of those best placed to claim that final spot on the podium, if we assume a Red Bull one-two happens, given his expertise at this track.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will have home support behind them for Mercedes, Fernando Alonso is becoming a fan favourite too, and who knows what could come from Lando Norris in the upgraded McLaren.

We also can’t forget that Carlos Sainz won this race last year, so the battle behind the Bulls could be extremely tight.

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Motorsport journalist, indyCar correspondent and F1 writer for
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