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Sports Leclerc frustrated by “Charles 2.0” suggestions over 2022 F1 form

12:46  08 april  2022
12:46  08 april  2022 Source:   autosport.com

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The Monegasque insists that he hasn’t made a big step since last season, but has carried on with an established linear progression and simply taken advantage of having a truly competitive car for the first time since 2019.

Leclerc won the opening race of this season in Bahrain and lost out to Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the Saudi Arabian GP. He leads the world championship heading into the third race in Australia, and topped today's second free practice session.

“One thing that I don't like, I've seen it everywhere, and I don't like to see it, is ‘Charles 2.0’,” he said on Friday in Melbourne.

“This is not the case. Yeah, I've had a growth from year-to-year that is linear.

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  Formula 1 live race updates, results, highlights from 2022 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights for the second Formula One race of the 2022 season. Follow for complete results from the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix.Aside from the Mexican's first career pole, the main story was the continued struggles of Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton failing to get out of Q1 and starting the race way back in 15th position. Hamilton is nine grid places behind his teammate, George Russell, casting doubts over his performance in a car that seriously lacks straight-line speed compared to its rivals.

“I never like to put luck into place. But honestly last year there was two races in particular where I've lost many points, many valuable points that weren't too much in my control.

“And this [cost me] massively at the end of the year. And also fighting in between seventh and fourth position, whenever you are doing very good performance, nobody's noticing it, which makes it quite tricky.

“Then, of course I probably am even better now that I'm fighting for wins, because this is what I like to do. It's great to be back here.

“But overall, I think it's just a linear growth from year-to-year, and there's not a huge step from from last year.”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75 © Autosport.com Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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F1 Australian GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to top FP2

  F1 Australian GP: Leclerc beats Verstappen to top FP2 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc beat Max Verstappen to the top spot for Formula 1’s 2022 Australian Grand Prix – with the latter opting to complete extra qualifying simulations compared to his rival.In nearly 10°C cooler conditions compared to the first practice session at Albert Park on Friday – thanks to dark rain clouds building over Melbourne ahead of the one-hour afternoon running – Sainz led the way during the early running on the harder tyre compounds before his team-mate and then Verstappen edged ahead during their later fliers on the softs.

Leclerc insisted that he’s thriving on the pressure of taking the fight to world champion Verstappen.

“It's a good situation to be in, I think,” he said.

“To have more pressure means you're doing something right, and that you are in the right place.

“I never particularly struggled with pressure, I have a mindset that is just focusing on myself, on the job I have to do in the car, and not thinking too much about results and all that is around.

“Obviously seeing the last few years that have been very difficult, and now to be back at the top, gives a lot of motivation to the whole team, to me and yeah, it's good to be here.”

Leclerc has outpaced Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr thus far this year, but he says he can still extract more from the F1-75.

“It's still very clear to me where I need to work on this car to get better and better,” he said.

“Obviously, we are still early days, and I'm pretty sure that all the drivers here have still a bit of margin. How much everyone has of margin, it's difficult to know.

“I don't really know where I'm gaining [on Sainz], I guess it's a little bit everywhere. But we will wait and see.

“I mean, Carlos is a very strong driver, and it’s just a matter of time before he gets at ease with this car, I think.”

Leclerc: Ferrari can't allow pressure to influence F1 2022 approach .
Charles Leclerc has cautioned that Ferrari shouldn't allow the increased spotlight on the team to cause extra pressure now it is leading both Formula 1 championships by a decent margin.That opened up a gap of 34 points for Leclerc on Mercedes' George Russell, with Verstappen in sixth on 25 points. In the constructors' championship Ferrari leads the way with a 39-point advantage over Mercedes, as Red Bull fell a further 10 points in arrears.

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