However, Leclerc has retired from two of the opening three rounds with the SF23 car yet to deliver a podium result.
“I mean, let’s be honest, if we are speaking on track, first of all, the performance is not where we want it to be the first part of the season,” Leclerc said.
“The first three races for me was a disaster. But these three weeks I think was good to reset, to look a little bit at the things where we can optimize the package that we have that for now, it is what it is. We’ve been working on that.”
Leclerc insists that Ferrari is supportive of Mekies’ departure to AlphaTauri as he receives a step up in responsibilities at the Red Bull sister team.
“Then off track, of course, there is a restructuring for for the team and that’s clear.
“We had a really good relationship with Laurent. But we all understand I think, in the team that this opportunity is right to take, as it’s a really good opportunity for Laurent. So it’s like this.
“But the team is more than one person. And I’m very confident for the future with Fred [Vasseur, Ferrari Team Principal] having what he has in mind. I’m really confident.”
Vasseur was a new arrival at Ferrari in 2023, leaving his role at Alfa Romeo to lead the Italian squad.
Leclerc says that he has been given assurances over the team’s direction by Vasseur, which has settled his confidence in the outfit.
“Yes, I think he has been open with what he wants to achieve and the way he wants to achieve it,” he said.
“And this gives me the confidence probably more than ever. So, as much as obviously it’s moving. I’m confident for the future.”