a ball in the foot

2e of the Drivers’ World Championship, 308 points (19 xi pts), 22 GP

Best result: 3 wins in Bahrain, Australia and Austria (11 podiums)

Best grid position: 9 poles

Nine poles – including six in the first eight Grands Prix – and only three victories. No more numbers are needed to explain Charles’ stinging defeat in what was heralded, however, as a knife fight with Verstappen.

If Charlotte’s ex-boyfriend was not flawless in Emilia-Romagna, at Ricard or even at Spa and Suzuka (with fewer consequences), he suffered above all from repeated engine problems and, even more annoyingly, the wandering of his family issue strategy. Whether it was choosing tires, when to stop, introducing an internal hierarchy that was essential on the track, it was failure after failure.

Unable to contain a legitimate frustration at times, Leclerc saw his real hopes of a title slip through his fingers test after test like (and like) so many grains of sand. Vice champion, but with 146 points, he must now turn the page, reset and hope that with Vasseur, who hatched him at Alfa, the pasta will finally be al dente.

Highlightsp : pole, win, fastest lap, lead from start to finish in Melbourne, circuit he doesn’t like

Battlep of laxity: mistakes with serious consequences at Imola and especially at Le Castellet

The average F1i rating: test 8.92/10 – race 17.2/20

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