Charles Leclerc taking nothing for granted in F1 title fight despite ‘crazy’ points lead

Charles Leclerc is enjoying a stellar start to the 2022 F1 season. (Photo by Mark Peterson ATPImages/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc says he doesn’t want to think about fighting for the Formula 1 world championship, despite building up a ‘crazy’ 34-point lead at the beginning of the campaign.

The Monegasque is top of the standings after winning two of the opening three races of the 2022 season and coming second in the other. The Ferrari team have built a challenger which is at the head of the class at the dawn of Formula 1’s new era of technical regulations, which meant each team has entered this year with an entirely revamped car design, and Leclerc has driven it expertly in its first few race outings.

Red Bull’s car is nigh on as quick as the Ferrari, but its unreliability means Max Verstappen has retired twice already this season with mechanical failures, costing him at least 36 championship points and leaving him a lowly sixth in the standings.


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Despite toiling with the lack of pace in their new car, Mercedes’ W13 has been reliable in the early rounds of the season, and driver George Russell is currently Leclerc’s closest challenger. Leclerc, though, is keeping grounded while being pleased with his results so far.

‘We are only at the third race,’ Leclerc told the press after taking victory in Australia. ‘For now, I don’t want to think about the championship, even though I can’t lie that it is nice to see where we are in the championship and for what we are fighting for.

‘It feels amazing. I mean, 34 points is crazy,’ he added. ‘But, again, I really tried to take it out of my head, I don’t want to change my mindset. I think that the mindset of the team, and myself, at the moment, is exactly where it needs to be, and it needs to say there.

‘But it’s great. I mean, on a track like [Australia] especially, it’s a track that I’ve always struggled with in the past and I managed to put a very strong weekend together.’

The next round of the 2022 Formula 1 season will take place in Italy, at Ferrari’s home circuit Imola, during the weekend of 22 April.

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