Leclerc failed to finish the season opener in Bahrain after which made it to P7 in Saudi Arabia, whereas Crimson Bull gained each 2023 races thanks to every of its drivers.
Ferrari additionally had mishaps which have turn into the norm in recent times – Leclerc wanted a contemporary reservoir of power earlier than the primary race so he was penalized on the grid within the second.
Forward of the Australian F1 Grand Prix, the 2022 F1 runner-up instructed Sky that this yr’s championship continues to be attainable: “In fact it’s, it is nonetheless early within the season.
“We can not cover and say that all the pieces is okay and that from this weekend we are going to battle for victory once more.
“We have now to be life like. Within the present state of issues, we’re removed from the efficiency we would like.
“That does not imply we’ve to demotivate ourselves.
“The season is lengthy, we’ve enhancements to return within the subsequent races, hopefully that can assist us shut the hole with Crimson Bull who’re in one other league. Aston Martin are additionally very sturdy in racing.
“We have now to work, we all know that.
“However we do not suppose the title is out of attain.”
Leclerc returns to the scene in Melbourne the place he claimed victory final season by greater than 20s.
The Ferrari driver gained two of the primary three races in 2022, turning into a viable risk to Max Verstappen till his crew’s reliability points acquired in his approach.
“Good recollections, however we do not strategy this race in the identical scenario”, he sighs on the enjoyment of final yr.
“Clearly our efficiency is inferior to final yr.
“We’re totally motivated to return to the entrance.
“There will probably be no miracles this weekend.
“Then we’ve a three-week break throughout which we are going to attempt to make enhancements.”
Leclerc has been pressured to dismiss stories he has demanded disaster talks with Ferrari chairman John Elkann at Maranello this season.
He additionally denied plans to maneuver to Mercedes.
Ferrari can also be experiencing an upheaval behind the scenes at Maranello.
New crew principal Fred Vasseur stated of their sluggish begin: “A very powerful factor in this type of scenario is figuring out the place we’re doing properly and what we’re doing mistaken. However you’ll be able to’t hassle your self.
” We should change. We have now to grasp the place we’re mistaken and we’ve to push. It isn’t (sufficient) to speak, we cannot go sooner like that.
Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz added: “We all know this circuit isn’t too completely different from Jeddah. Nothing says we must always overtake the Crimson Bulls.
“I choose to maintain expectations low. We have been eight tenths within the race. To vary that simply due to a special circuit? Tough.”
Sainz stated of the SF-23: “It’s kind of inconsistent, unpredictable. As an instance it isn’t the simplest to arrange. However we all know why.
“We all know the numbers, the information, we’ve analyzed them, we all know the place the weaknesses are.
“It provides us an thought of the best way to develop, of the course to take. It is going to be within the medium time period.
“The automobile does what the information suggests. It makes me optimistic. Ferrari has the power to develop, the workforce to vary shortly.