CHARLES LECLERC at present leads the Drivers’ Championship standings by a margin of 34 factors.
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Former Crimson Bull driver Christian Klien has warned Max Verstappen that Charles Leclerc may very well be on par with him when it comes to pure racing potential following his latest Grand Prix victories in Bahrain and Australia. The Ferrari man at present leads the Drivers’ Championship standings by 34 factors and has emerged as the brand new favorite to say the end-of-season honours after making a vastly spectacular begin to the brand new season.
Verstappen, alternatively, has already been pressured to retire from two races and now finds himself down in sixth place on the person leaderboard with a complete of simply 25 factors earned from his victory eventually month’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Klien has since insisted that Leclerc is greater than able to out-driving Verstappen over the course of the whole season after proving himself to be a match for the Dutchman within the opening three rounds of this yr’s marketing campaign.
“Leclerc already confirmed what he can do towards Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari at first of his profession,” Klien informed Servus TV, as quoted by Speedweek. “Okay, Carlos Sainz can be good, however now the automotive is sweet sufficient to win.
“Leclerc’s distinctive expertise involves the fore. It’s like Verstappen, he has that high quality too. I believe driving-wise, Leclerc is on the same stage as Verstappen, I’m considering of the races in Bahrain or Jeddah.
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Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have skilled contrasting fortunes in 2022 (Picture: GETTY)
“You may undoubtedly see Charles is ripe to have a say within the title. Leclerc can now draw on his appreciable lead within the World Championship standings, however there have been years in Method One when large gaps have been closed.”
Leclerc has lengthy been put ahead as a possible future champion after impressing over the course of his junior profession and his three seasons in F1 to this point. Nonetheless, he just lately performed down his possibilities of successful this yr’s honours by insisting that it’s too early to consider the potential for clinching a maiden Drivers’ Championship title on the finish of the present marketing campaign.
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“We’re solely on the third race,” Leclerc informed reporters after successful final weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at a canter in Melbourne.
“For now, I do not wish to take into consideration the championship, though I can not lie that it’s good to see the place we’re within the championship and for what we’re preventing for. It feels superb.
“I imply 34 factors is loopy, however once more, I actually tried to take it out of my head, I do not wish to change my mindset. I believe that the mindset of the crew, and myself, for the time being, is precisely the place it must be, and it wants to remain there.”
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