Charles Leclerc is hoping Ferrari can assert themselves as the best of the rest this season after stating that Red Bull and Mercedes remain out of reach for the time being.
The Scuderia finished with both cars in the points in Bahrain, something that was rare for the team in 2020. Ahead of this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Leclerc believes a third place finish in the constructors' standings is achievable for the Italian outfit.
"I think a realistic goal for this year will be to be just behind Red Bull and Mercedes," Leclerc told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "Realistically, I think it's going to be very difficult to fight with them.
"We are we are too far behind for now, but we are in the fight with four or five other teams for third place in the constructors. So it's going to be a tight fight but if we do everything perfect, I think it's reachable."
Leclerc qualified fourth in Bahrain, and while he had to settle for a sixth place finish, the Monegasque driver believes the SF21 is a significant upgrade over last year's car.
"It is a step forward, a significant step forward," Leclerc stated. "We've seen that in Bahrain. We've had a better progression compared to the other teams from last year to this year so this is positive.
"On the other hand, we are still not fighting where we want to be fighting so we are putting all of our efforts to try and come back to where we want to be which is to fight for wins. If you compare last year to this year we've done a good job and we need to keep working like this.
"It's an overall improvement. The power feels better. The balance in the corners and the actual grip of the car feels better."