Charles Leclerc has dismissed reports of disarray at Ferrari following the team’s poor performance at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Leclerc retired early with a power unit issue, while teammate Carlos Sainz lost out to Fernando Alonso‘s Aston Martin on the way to fourth. Despite rumours that key people are leaving the team, Leclerc praised the team’s positive reaction to his visit to Maranello, and acknowledged his role in motivating the team to make progress. “We need to be good at spending our energy right inside the team pushing in the same direction and make a difference and come back stronger,” he said. Sainz also denied media stories that suggested certain people were attempting to destabilise the team.
Leclerc said he paid a visit to the team after reading negative stories in the media and was surprised by the positive reaction in the camp. “Everybody’s fully on it and fully positive, which is great,” he said. He also denied media stories that suggested he had contacted Ferrari chairman John Elkann for reassurances about the team’s future. Sainz agreed that there was a good spirit in the camp despite reports of internal strife. “It is so clear to us what we need to improve, how we need to do it, and what are the short, medium and long term targets,” he said. “I see people at home committed, focused and with a very clear target in mind.”