Charles Leclerc tipped to finish Ferrari watch for house win at Emilia Romagna GP

Leclerc has gained two of the opening three Components One races — ending second within the different — to assist Ferrari lead the constructors’ championship after years of disappointment for the well-known Italian Scuderia.

Imola Charles Leclerc is poised to finish Ferrari’s three-year watch for a victory on house soil.

Leclerc has gained two of the opening three Components One races — ending second within the different — to assist Ferrari lead the constructors’ championship after years of disappointment for the well-known Italian Scuderia.

The Monégasque driver has picked up 71 of a doable 78 factors in an unimaginable begin to the championship, and set him up as the favourite on Sunday to win the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on the observe named after the Italian workforce’s founder and his son: Enzo and Dino Ferrari.

Ferrari haven’t gained a race at house since 2019 at Monza, the place Leclerc took the Italian GP, and he was fast to mood expectations as quickly as he gained the Australian GP two Sundays in the past.

“Italy will probably be unimaginable, however we have to strategy the race weekend identical to we approached the primary three weekends,” Leclerc mentioned.

“It’s extraordinarily essential to not placed on ourselves further stress and never attempt to overdo issues. As a result of we’re working, I feel, as a workforce extraordinarily nicely because the starting of the season and we simply must hold doing our job.”

Leclerc leads the championship by 34 factors over Mercedes driver George Russell after finishing in Melbourne a racing “grand slam” comprised of pole place, main from start-to-finish, and posting the quickest time.

Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. is third within the standings — 38 factors beneath Leclerc — after ending second in Bahrain and third in Saudi Arabia whereas crashing out in Australia.

Their dominant begin to the season has prompted “tifosi” to resume their ardour for Ferrari. Greater than 120,000 tickets have been bought for the race weekend and Sunday is anticipated to be a sellout.

Imola returned to the F1 calendar in 2020 after a 14-year absence, however that is the primary time in three editions that followers have been allowed in due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leclerc is nicely conscious of the joy constructing amongst Ferrari followers.

“Oh, yeah, I can think about it, however I don’t wish to give it some thought an excessive amount of. As a result of it’s nonetheless very early within the season,” he mentioned.

“It’s good to be within the lead of the championship, 34 factors is at all times good to take wherever you’re within the calendar however, yeah, I don’t wish to focus an excessive amount of on the championship for now.”

Leclerc’s closest challenger is anticipated to be world champion Max Verstappen, who gained an incident-packed Emilia-Romagna GP final 12 months by 22 seconds. Nonetheless, Verstappen will want improved reliability from his Crimson Bull. He gained the Saudi Arabian GP however that was sandwiched in between retirements in Bahrain and Australia.

The Dutchman, who was heading in the right direction for second place in Melbourne, is 46 factors behind Leclerc.

“We’re already miles behind,” Verstappen mentioned. “I don’t even wish to take into consideration the championship battle in the intervening time. It’s extra essential to complete races.”

As for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, they have been toiling to plot a approach again to the entrance.

Hamilton and Russell have one podium every, up to now.

“We all know we haven’t bought the tempo of the Ferrari and Crimson Bull proper now,” Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff mentioned. “However we’re working arduous to cut back their benefit, and it’s been good to see everybody throughout the factories pulling collectively to realize this. We should be life like. It can take time to make the positive factors we would like.”

Imola will current an added problem because it marks the return of the dash. As a substitute of the standard three practices to familiarize yourself with the automotive, there will probably be just one apply adopted by qualifying on Friday for Saturday’s dash. The outcomes set the grid for Sunday’s primary race and supply factors for the highest eight finishers.

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