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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc explains unusual Ferrari SF-23 'inconsistencies'

The Monégasque has secured only one podium this term as Ferrari battles a lack of competitiveness.

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Charles Leclerc has bemoaned Ferrari "inconsistencies" which have left a murky picture for the team's development prospects.

The Scuderia began F1's newest technical regulatory era as the outfit to beat - Leclerc racing into the championship lead last year, only for Red Bull to usurp its efforts and run away with both titles.

But Ferrari, through strategic, reliability and driver errors, has slowly slipped down the pecking order and sits fourth in the Constructors' standings after seven races this term, behind Red Bull, Mercedes and Aston Martin.

Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz have particularly struggled with tyre degradation across the opening exchanges this year, with the SF-23 often qualifying ahead of its rivals before plummeting down the order in the race.

This is evident in Ferrari's record thus far, with Leclerc securing the Italian manufacturer's only podium in Azerbaijan.

Difficult to work

Asked why it was difficult to determine Ferrari's developmental direction, Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Because we've got a car that just... it's not like I've got understeer in the car and I can say 'ok, this is a very understeery'.

"I've got understeer on one tyre and then you [change onto] the same tyre [compound] and you've got a very oversteery balance and as a driver, you just did exactly the same thing.

"So it's just inconsistencies but it's very difficult to work on inconsistencies, especially when you do exactly the same thing on both sets."

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