from Verstappen to Checo Perez

from Verstappen to Checo Perez

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Charles Leclerc took two wins 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 won only one victory, compared to eight for the Dutchman, which left him 98 points behind, which is equivalent to almost four races when he had none. there are only eight left to go.

Moreover, Sergio Pérez overtook him at the Belgian GP and is five points clear, in second place in the drivers’ standings, taking over from Ferrari in third position.

This Thursday, in Zandvoort, as the Dutch Grand Prix approaches, Leclerc recognized as more relaxed towards the end of the season due to his difference with Verstappen in the championship, and aiming to Czech Perez 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’m going to celebrate.” But obviously, given the way it is, it’s very difficult for that to happen.”

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

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Regarding the possibilities of Ferrari fight for victory again at Zandvoort after a misstep at Spa-Francorchamps, Leclerc expect a better version of those at Maranello this weekend in rival territory.

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

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

“You don’t feel bad when you win a race. But yeah, it’s going to be good. 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 still win,” he concluded.

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