Charles Leclerc is confident Ferrari will be more competitive at its home race at Monza after a nightmare weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix.
The Monégasque failed to finish last weekend's Dutch Grand Prix after picking up damage through contact on the opening lap, though didn't peel into the garage until after a botched pit stop.
But whilst optimism may be low heading to Italy after the non-finish, a podium at the high-speed Belgian Grand Prix will provide hope of an improved performance, as will his sole pole position in Azerbaijan.
“Let’s say it’s not exactly like Spa but the track characteristics are closer to the ones of Spa than Zandvoort and Budapest,” Leclerc told media including RacingNews365.com when assessing Ferrari's chances.
“So we should be a bit more competitive here. Whether it will be enough or not to fight for the podium, I don't know.
“But I really hope so. We'll do everything for it, for sure.”
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Ferrari has arrived at Monza with a revised car livery to commemorate its 24 Hours of Le Mans win earlier this year.
“I love it, especially the Ferrari old style logo is what I love most,” Leclerc said regarding the new livery.
“Beautiful, I love it.
“We are lucky enough that driving for Ferrari, we've got support everywhere but obviously when we come to Italy, it's on a different level. So a very busy week, but also a very exciting one.
“I'm sure it motivates the whole team. So I'm really looking forward to going out on track and hopefully have a great result this weekend.”