Charles Leclerc predicted a difficult race for Ferrari in its home event at the high-speed Monza circuit.
The team has been less competitive at circuits which place a high demand on power unit performance, and Monza sees the highest straight-line speed of the year.
“It’s not going to be an easy weekend for us,” Leclerc admitted. “On paper it is one of the most difficult tracks for us this year. But we’ll try to give everything.”
However Leclerc is relishing the opportunity to race in front of the Ferrari fans at Monza again, after last year’s race was held behind closed doors due to the pandemic.
“I’m very excited,” he said “It’s always a very, very special place every time you come as a Ferrari driver. So I’m really looking forward to it.
“We’ve been in Milan yesterday, at the factory the day before, and we can already feel the support building up for the race. So I’m really looking forward to it.”
The upcoming weekend will see the second running of Formula 1’s new sprint qualifying format, which Leclerc is looking forward to.
“I love it,” he said. “Normally the Friday is quite boring. We’ve got FP1, FP2, not much happening.
“But now you’ve got a lot more of benefits if you have a good FP1 because that’s the only practice you have before before qualifying. So I’m a big fan of the Friday with this format. And you also get another another small race, which is exciting with another start. So I really enjoy those type of weekends.”