Ferrari's Charles Leclerc isn't expecting a repeat of Monaco in terms of the team's pace in Azerbaijan this weekend, with the Monegasque stating what we saw in Monte Carlo was a one off.
Both Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz were battling it out with Red Bull and Mercedes in Monaco, with the former claiming pole position and the latter finishing second in the race. Although Baku is a street circuit like Monaco, it's very different in terms of speed which is why Leclerc doesn't expect Ferrari to be near the front again.
"I think it will be a bit back to reality now," Leclerc told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "Monaco was a one off, we were fighting for victory which was incredible and very nice for the motivation of everyone.
"But now with the long straights, and it's a bit more high speed in general here. Even though there are quite a lot of slow speed corners, I believe we will be back to the to the normal competitiveness that we've had before Monaco."
Leclerc scored his first career points in Baku while driving for Sauber back in 2018, and he admits the track is one of his favourites.
"I love it," Leclerc added. "I love city tracks in general. Just the challenge to race, as I was saying in Monaco, in between the walls as close as possible without going over the limit is something I really enjoy doing.
"I scored my first points here and I've got good memories in general in terms of competitiveness. I've always been quite competitive here. So looking forward to tomorrow."