LECLERC REACHES POINTS FOR THE FIRST TIME

LECLERC REACHES POINTS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Along with Max Verstappen, and ahead of Britons George Russell and Lando Norris (both racing in Formula 2), Leclerc is reason to believe that Formula One is poised to enter a golden era. All four are talked of as future world champions, and have arrived in – or are hovering close to – motorsport’s premier league with a level of commitment that makes Lewis Hamilton look seriously half-arsed. If F1’s owner Liberty Media wants more overtaking and closer racing, these are the guys to deliver it.

 

Leclerc, a graduate of Ferrari’s Driver Academy, those in the know say his natural ability and speed is eclipsed only by a monumental urge to win. His pedigree is also startling. One of only three Monégasque to make it to F1 (along with Louis Chiron and Olivier Beretta), he began karting aged just four, urged on by his father Hervé, a sometime F3 racer. Now, this F1 rookie is beginning to shine, and he’s a very cool, very open and rather funny guy. No spoiled rich kid, either: he shared a modest apartment in Monaco with his father and brothers, Lorenzo and Arthur. When did he first realise he had a real gift?

 

“I have serious problems saying anything positive about myself, because I want to get better than I am now. So, saying that I have a talent is something that is just impossible for me. You have to work hard to achieve what you want.”

 

The Sauber rookie finished sixth in a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It was an impressive result from Leclerc, who didn’t put a wheel wrong as he recorded Sauber’s best result since the 2015 Russian Grand Prix, a race where Felipe Nasr was also P6. “It’s an amazing weekend for the whole team and a good boost for the future,” said Leclerc. “We need to take that and work to get better in the race. We should enjoy the moment and tomorrow back to work for Barcelona."

 

Source: www.topgear.com, www.planetf1.com

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