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Potential of Ferrari gives Leclerc hope for GP Japan

Potential of Ferrari gives Leclerc hope for GP Japan

6 October - 15:20 Last update: 17:49


All eyes will be on Max Verstappen at the Japanese Grand Prix. The Dutchman can secure his second world title of his Formula 1 career at Suzuka. Charles Leclerc, however, hopes to thwart his rival's celebration and will go for the win with conviction in Japan.

Leclerc is experiencing his best season of his career in 2022. Since his arrival in 2019, the Monegasque had been struggling to compete at the top of the standings with Ferrari, but that was clearly changing. For now, it resulted in 237 points. That number was 264, 98 and 159 points in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Leclerc hopes for success in GP Japan

Meanwhile, the driver has resigned himself to the fact that a world title is no longer in the cards for him this season, shifting his focus to the new racing year. However, Leclerc knows the Italians still need to make the most of the next five race weekends to come out stronger in 2023.

"I think we will be competitive," Leclerc told Sky Sports and others at the press conference. "Although so too will our main rivals, for whom this is a sort of home race. But I believe our car has great potential and it’s just a matter of improving how we operate on Sundays, to confirm the level we have usually shown on Saturdays."

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