Charles Leclerc says “it’s always strange when such a dominant team is in trouble”, but still believes Mercedes “will be back soon and will compete with us for victories”.
It was a surprise to everyone watching, when at the first race of the 2022 season in Bahrain, it became obvious that eight-time consecutive constructors’ champions Mercedes were not able to fight at the front of the grid.
2022 title contended Charles Leclerc says he found Mercedes’ predicament “strange”.
“I think that at some point every team will stop winning,” Leclerc said.
“It’s always strange when such a dominant team is in trouble at the beginning of a season.”
However, the Ferrari driver says he expects Mercedes to be back in the fight before the season is over.
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“I wouldn’t write them off for a long time because I know what a strong team they are.
“What they have achieved in the past was no coincidence. It’s the result of when the right people work together.
“Yes, they had a difficult start to the season but I have no doubt that they will be back very soon.
“They took a first step forward in Barcelona and I hope they will be back soon and will compete with us for victories.
“It would be exciting for Formula 1 to see three teams battle it out,” Leclerc concluded.