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Monaco Win Puts Leclerc in Title Spotlight

Leclerc Dismisses Favourite Tag Amid Rising Form

08/06/2024

Amid speculation, Charles Leclerc downplays his favourite status, focusing on race wins rather than the 2024 championship chase.

Charles Leclerc is increasingly being tipped as the new frontrunner for the 2024 World Championship.

During the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Dr. Helmut Marko, a consultant for Red Bull, remarked that after the first three races of the season, “the championship seemed so easy” for Max Verstappen.

However, following Charles Leclerc’s victory for Ferrari from pole position in Monaco, coupled with the behavioural issues of Red Bull’s RB20, Marko is now watching the Monegasque with apprehension.

“He has certainly made a significant leap forward and possesses great self-assurance; Leclerc’s Ferrari is now universally fast across all circuits.”

Another driver pinpointing Leclerc as the favourite in Montreal this weekend is Lando Norris of McLaren.

“They always say that,” Leclerc responded with a smile, referring to comments from both Helmut Marko and Lando.

“But no one wants to be labelled the favourite, so I will never claim that.”

Nonetheless, Leclerc acknowledges that “Ferrari has made more progress than anyone else over the past seven or eight months, and on paper, Verstappen and Red Bull are now beatable.”

“We must seize every opportunity and adopt the same approach, but I am not thinking about the championship. I am focused on winning races at each Grand Prix and continuing to improve.”

Andrea Stella, the team principal of McLaren F1, also piled pressure on the Monegasque in Montreal after witnessing the recent performances of the SF-24.

“I agree that Charles and Ferrari should now aim to clinch the world championship in both competitions.”

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