Charles Leclerc was pleased with Ferrari's start to the season, pointing out the car is better compared to 2020 given the Bahrain International Circuit isn't a favourable track for the Scuderia.
The Monegasque driver started from fourth spot, but in the end he couldn't keep Lando Norris and Sergio Perez at bay and thus settled for a sixth place finish. Leclerc was pleased with the result nonetheless.
"I had a good start and then I was able to manage the tyres pretty well," Leclerc told Sky Sport Italia after the race. "We had an early pit stop because we wanted to put some pressure on the other drivers, but the end of the race was tough due to the tyres.
"Our pace is better than last year, though we aren't where we want to be in terms of our position. However every improvement is good for Ferrari.
"We still have to make progress and therefore we have a lot of work to do. This circuit doesn't really suit me due to the heat, but I'm satisfied. For that matter, this isn't a track that really suits Ferrari. We have made a step forward compared to last year."
With Red Bull and Mercedes the class of the grid, Leclerc shared his thoughts on which team impressed him the most in the fight for title of best of the rest.
"McLaren are doing very well and that surprised me," Leclerc added. "They are really very strong."