Leclerc rates 2020 F1 season as his best so far

Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc believes his 2020 season was his "best season in Formula 1" as he battled to finish eighth in the championship with an uncompetitive car.

Leclerc rates 2020 F1 season as his best so far

While Ferrari slumped to its worst result in the constructors' championship since 1980 in sixth, Leclerc often managed to drag his underpowered Ferrari SF1000 to the head of the midfield and score two podiums.

The Monegasque driver finished eighth in the drivers' championship, outscoring four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel by 98 to 33 points.

Leclerc, who last year extended his Ferrari contract until 2023, acknowledged that 2020 had been a "difficult season" for the Maranello squad, but also considered it to be his best year yet in terms of his own performance.

"I think there are two sides of the season for me," Leclerc said. "For myself I think it's my best season personally in F1. What I've shown on track, I'm very happy with my season.

"I've taken risks, that most of the time went positively, and made us gain a lot of points. On few occasions it also didn't happen the way I wanted and we've lost few points.

"But I think on the other hand, the season has been very positive for my own performance. So that I'm very happy [with], and now I'm looking forward to next year to see how much of a gain we will have."

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Leclerc said he was proud with how Ferrari handled adversity and hoped the team learned a lot of valuable lessons from its 2020 disaster, which started as early as winter testing when it found out it SF1000 would not be competitive.

"After Barcelona testing, I think we all knew that something was not quite right," Leclerc added. "I think during the season, even though it was very difficult to accept the situation after the first race, because the reality was obvious, we worked very hard, and we worked in a constructive way.

"And I think we improved from that moment onwards. It was small steps, but as I said, small steps in the right direction and this is not always a given in F1.

"Now, for the future, I think we've learned a lot from this season. And I think that we will only come back stronger. I hope that we can show that on track next year.

"I don't know how much of the big step we will do next year, but I'm sure that the step we will do will be in the right direction."

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