CHARLES LECLERC is a chief contender for the primary world title of his profession.
Charles Leclerc already has two race wins this season. (Picture: GETTY)
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Charles Leclerc might surpass Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso’s race win totals for Ferrari, ought to the Scuderia’s early-season dominance proceed all through 2022. And with three extra years of an engine freeze forward, the Monegasque driver is doubtlessly on monitor to turn out to be the enduring staff’s all-time finest.
Leclerc’s comfy triumph in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix was his fourth profession win and second in three race weekends this time period. He additionally got here out on prime in March’s Bahrain curtain-raiser however fell brief in a battle with Max Verstappen in Saudi Arabia the next week.
Six extra race wins this 12 months would place him amongst illustrious firm in Italian racing folklore, with solely seven others recording 10 or extra race wins for Ferrari. However with 20 of the 23 races left, if Ferrari proceed at their present tempo, there isn’t any cause Leclerc will not be aiming for extra.
The 24-year-old would go degree with Niki Lauda on 15 wins if he triumphs 11 extra occasions this season – a feat he might comfy obtain if the Prancing Horse preserve their sensational tempo. That tally would additionally see him surpass Vettel’s 14 wins. The Aston Martin driver is third within the listing of most profitable Ferrari drivers ever.
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Michael Schumacher received 72 races for Ferrari. (Picture: GETTY)
Alberto Ascari received 13 occasions within the iconic pink automotive, and eight extra P1 finishes earlier than the top of the marketing campaign would see Leclerc leapfrog each Felipe Massa and Alonso (11). Six extra race wins this season for Leclerc would see him degree Kimi Raikkonen’s tally, however not one of the above-mentioned drivers examine to the Scuderia’s prime canine.
As soon as Leclerc inevitably surpasses Lauda – an unimaginable assertion in itself – his focus would flip in the direction of the one and solely Michael Schumacher. The German icon, broadly thought-about the perfect driver to ever grace an F1 monitor, received 72 races for Ferrari, simply two fewer than the opposite names with 10-plus wins mixed.
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Charles Leclerc is eyeing his maiden F1 world title. (Picture: EXPRESS)
Given he is presently 68 victories away, it appears an extended shot – a really lengthy shot – however hear me out. The F1-75’s energy might simply be the beginning of an period of dominance for Ferrari and Leclerc on the summit of their respective standings in F1. After all, Mercedes and Purple Bull are able to catching up, which might sluggish the method.
Nevertheless, the spectacular Ferrari engine is right here to remain for one more three years; contemplate what number of race wins Leclerc might accumulate in that point. It would not be daring to recommend he might be away from Lauda by the top of subsequent season, however simply how shut he can get to Schumacher’s almighty document is a longer-term mission.