CHARLES LECLERC is confident Ferrari are showing ‘promising signs’ as they look to bounce back from last season.
The Italian team endured their worst finish in 40 years as they were sixth in the constructors’ championship.
But after a winter of tweaking their car design, Leclerc says they are making improvements.
He said: “The impressions were good again.
“Yesterday we went through all the programme in the morning, but the conditions are very very tricky.
“It’s very warm, and very windy, so it’s very difficult to make a comparison with last year for now.
“And it’s all relative to the others: how much they improved compared to us.
“But yeah, there are some promising signs, but we can’t know until the first qualifying.”
The big issue Ferrari faced last year was their under-strength engine, which Leclerc was also an improvement this new F1 season.
He added: “Everything feels quite good.
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“But again, it’s very difficult to comment now, nobody’s pushing everything to its limit, especially in these conditions.
“So for now it’s early days. But everything feels good and, as I said, stacks up with what we expected.”