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Charles Leclerc Stays Calm as Ferrari Fever Grows Ahead of Return to Italy

Level-headed Charles Leclerc claimed his second Grand Prix win of the season on Sunday however insisted it was too early to speak about successful the drivers’ championship because the circuit prepares to maneuver to Ferrari’s residence territory in two weeks.

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The 24-year-old dominated the Australian Grand Prix from begin to end to take the chequered flag forward of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez by greater than 20 seconds.

World champion Max Verstappen failed to complete however Leclerc had been outpacing the Dutchman earlier than his retirement.

Leclerc has two wins and a second from the opening three races. The Monegasque is 34 factors forward of Mercedes’ George Russell within the standings and 46 forward of Red Bull’s Verstappen. Ferrari lead the constructors standings by 39 factors from Mercedes.

But Leclerc will not be getting carried away, taking part in down the Ferrari fever gripping followers forward of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on April 24.

“I can think about (the joy in Italy) however I don’t need to assume an excessive amount of about it. It’s very early within the season clearly,” Leclerc stated after his fourth Grand Prix victory.

“It’s good to be within the championship lead — 34 factors are all the time good to take wherever you’re within the calendar, however I don’t need to focus an excessive amount of on the championship now.

“Italy shall be unbelievable however we have to method it as we do each race weekend,” he added.

“It’s extraordinarily essential to not put additional strain on ourselves and attempt to overdo issues.

“We are working as a staff extraordinarily nicely for the reason that starting of the season and we simply have to hold doing our job as we did within the first three weekends.”

After two lacklustre seasons the place Ferrari trailed Mercedes and Red Bull, Leclerc stated it felt good to be with a pacesetting staff.

“I’ve been on this state of affairs within the junior class however to be on this state of affairs in Formula One means lots, particularly after the final two years and with a staff like Ferrari,” he stated.

“Obviously the mindset is a bit totally different in comparison with the final two years as a result of now I do know that beneath me I’ve a automotive that’s able to successful.

“I don’t actually must overdo issues or do one thing particular or spectacular to get one or two positions, as a result of I do know it’s within the automotive and I simply have to do the job.”

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