SportF1Leclerc changes target: from Verstappen to Checo Pérez

Leclerc changes target: from Verstappen to Checo Pérez

Charles Leclerc scored two victories in the first three grands prix of the 2022 Formula 1 season, leading the championship by 46 points over Max Verstappen.

However, in the following 11 races, the Monegasque only managed one victory, compared to eight for the Dutchman, which has left him 98 points behind, which is equivalent to almost four races when only eight remain to be played.

In addition, Sergio Pérez overtook him in the Belgian GP and is five points ahead, in second place in the drivers’ standings, taking over from Ferrari to third position.

This Thursday, in Zandvoort, in the run-up to the Dutch Grand Prix, Leclerc acknowledged being more relaxed for the final part of the season due to his difference with Verstappen in the championship, and pointed to Checo Pérez as the new main rival .

“Of course, I don’t know how many points there are between me and Max anymore… I’ve stopped counting. But it’s a lot. So we’ll go race by race. We’ll see what’s possible. If there’s a surprise at the end of the year, I’ll celebrate.” But obviously, seeing things as they are, it’s very difficult for it to happen.”

“But there’s still a lot to fight for. For the constructors’ championship, for second place in the championship [with Pérez], so overall, I’m going to push until the end,” he said.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Regarding Ferrari ‘s chances of fighting for victory at Zandvoort again after a misstep at Spa-Francorchamps, Leclerc expects a better version of the Maranello team this weekend in rival territory.

“In general, I think we have a strong car. If you look at the first part of the season, we were always very strong in the corners, in all kinds of corners… in the slow and medium speed we are very strong, especially for traction. But if you look at Spa, the Red Bulls were strong everywhere, on the straights and in the corners. So let’s see, but it should be better, “he explained.

If he has a car to win, the Monegasque says he won’t feel bad about spoiling the party for the home fans, who will be backing Verstappen in full force this weekend.

“You don’t feel bad when you win a race. But yeah, it’s going to be nice. The Dutch fans are very passionate and obviously with Max as the leader, I’m sure they’ll be even happier to be here. But I hope we can win anyway,” he concluded.


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