Charles Leclerc says Ferrari still has a lot of work to do to solve the “limitations” currently facing the SF-24. According to him, the car’s limited performance is no coincidence.

Last weekend in Austria, both Ferrari cars were overtaken by their direct rivals during qualifying. Carlos Sainz finished fourth after Saturday’s shoot-out, while Leclerc was sixth.

On Sunday, the Monegasque’s chances of a good result were dashed from the start after a collision at the first corner damaged his car and required a pit stop to replace the SF-24’s front wing, dropping Leclerc down the standings.

Sainz only had his place on the third step of the podium to thank for a late collision between Max Verstappen and Lando Norris, which took both drivers out of the race for victory. This allowed George Russell to give Mercedes its first victory since Brazil in 2022.

But overall, Ferrari’s subdued performance was a clear sign that the Scuderia has been losing ground of late to Red Bull, McLaren and a resurgent Mercedes, despite the introduction in Spain of a significant upgrade package for the SF-24.

For the six-time Grand Prix winner, Leclerc’s dominant performance at his home race in Monaco at the end of May now feels like a distant memory.

“There are few coincidences in Formula 1, especially when it’s two weekends in a row, so we have to look at it and analyse it,” said Leclerc.

“It is true that the update package has delivered the expected payload, we can see that from the data. However, there are other limitations that we need to look at to get rid of.

“I didn’t expect these three results that we’ve had since Monaco. It’s been very, very difficult for the team. So there’s still a lot of work to do.”

However, Leclerc indicated that the team has collected a wealth of data at the Red Bull Ring, which will allow the Scuderia to further refine the improved package for this weekend’s race round at Silverstone.

“Apart from Carlos’ podium, which gave us a good points haul in the constructors’ category, the only other positive aspect of the weekend was that we were able to try different set-ups. That gave the team a lot of data, which will be very important for the upcoming races,” he noted.

“Tomorrow we will start working hard with the aim of putting this race behind us from next weekend at Silverstone.”

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