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Charles Leclerc

Ferrari still has 'big steps' to make to close Red Bull gap

Charles Leclerc believes the team needs to do more to close the gap to their main rivals.

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Charles Leclerc thinks Ferrari needs to make a "big step" if they stand a chance of breaking Red Bull's Formula 1 win streak in 2023.

The team has won every race thus far in the 2023 campaign, as talk turns to whether they can win each Grand Prix and become the first team to do that in a single season in World Championship history.

Leclerc broke Max Verstappen's laps led tally during the Austrian Grand Prix, having led 248 laps consecutively since he took the lead of the Miami GP on Lap 48.

Given the swings in performance that has enabled Aston Martin and McLaren challenge for podiums, Ferrari could also stand within a chance if they can give their drivers confidence in the SF-23.

The Monegasque is not ruling out a late resurgence from Ferrari when speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com: "There's still a long way to go because at the moment we seem still very sensitive to the change of conditions.

"When I say change of conditions, I mean mostly the wind. When we have a change of wind our car becomes extremely difficult and on that we have made steps forward, but there's still quite some big steps to do."

Leclerc expects more surprise results from midfield teams

McLaren suffered one of the worst starts to a Formula 1 season in the history of the team this year, but they have managed to turn things around with their update package.

Leclerc and Carlos Sainz struggled to keep up with their straight line speed, with Williams' Alex Albon also finishing ahead of them during the British GP.

He expects this to be a trend throughout the rest of the season: "It was a surprise. It's very difficult to expect this year's race results because it's so inconsistent between teams, but they were very strong," he added.

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