Tuesday, 15 October 2019 | 06:08 WIB

Charles LeClerc: It’s Tough to Compete with Mercedes

Charles LeClerc: It's Tough to Compete with Mercedes

LONDON, NETRALNEWS.COM - Formula 1 Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says he does not want to dissolve in the euphoria of the resurrection of his team ahead of the race at the Austrian GP this weekend. According to Leclerc, until now Mercedes is still dominant and even is eyeing their 11th victory in a row.

"I think at the moment it's quite difficult. They look very, very fast," Leclerc said when asked whether Ferrari could give a tight fight to Mercedes on the Red Bull Ring.

"They are very fast at Paul Richard, especially the pace of the race, so I think we focus on ourselves and try to do our best. But, honestly, it is quite difficult to be at their level," he added as quoted from Autosport.

Leclerc is still pursuing its first victory in the inaugural season riding Ferrari. His biggest opportunity came in the second race, the Bahrain Grand Prix, where he started from pole position but experienced engine problems at the end of the race and had to finish third.

After that Leclerc returned to the podium in Canada and last in France, last week.

In France, Leclerc was able to win againts Mercedes rider Valtteri Bottas and finish 0.929 seconds behind the Finn.

"I think he has a little tire trouble. We are not. I think we are quite capable of arranging our race so it shows if everything is still possible, but it is very difficult."

Mercedes have won four times in Austria, but last year their two riders Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas failed to finish because of technical problems.

"If they don't have a problem, it will be difficult for us to challenge them. So we will try our best in every race," Leclerc said.

Leclerc claimed positive results in the last two races were enough to provide motivation to compete at the weekend.

Also for him, the Red Bull Ring is one of the favorite circuits because it has a short rotation distance, reminiscent of the times of the go-kart race first.

"I like racing here," Leclerc said.

Ferrari arrived in the ninth series of the season with a deficit of 140 points from Mercedes who are top of the constructors' standings.

When asked about opportunities in the championship, Leclerc said Ferrari would not give up until a mathematical calculation said it was no longer possible to pursue