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Leclerc: Ferrari must be braced for Monaco F1 “surprises”

Leclerc on target to win final Sunday in Spain after opening up a 16-second lead over the Purple Bulls earlier than being sidelined by failures on the turbocharger and MGU-H on his Ferrari energy unit.

The setback noticed Leclerc lose the lead of the F1 drivers’ championship for the primary time this season as Purple Bull rival Max Verstappen scored his third successive win, placing him six factors clear on the high of the standings.

However Ferrari has been tipped to go nicely across the streets of Monaco this weekend because of the robust low-speed efficiency of the F1-75 automobile to date this season. Purple Bull has tended to excel extra with its straight-line velocity, one thing that’s much less vital in Monaco.

Talking on Thursday forward of the race weekend, Leclerc stated Ferrari had “a robust package deal all over the place” with its automobile, however was unsure if the staff was favorite to win in Monaco, believing there may very well be some shock swings within the formbook.

“Whether or not we’re favourites right here, I do not know,” Leclerc stated.

“However I believe that there might be surprises for this race, as a result of as we have seen final 12 months, our automobile was not that aggressive over the course of the season. However we arrived in Monaco, and we had one of many strongest packages for this monitor.

“There is perhaps some groups that we did not consider that is perhaps very aggressive right here, and that may shock us.

“However I am fairly positive that we’ll be within the battle to win.”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

2021 noticed Leclerc rating a shock pole place for Ferrari in Monaco, solely to not take the beginning of the race as a result of harm sustained to his automobile in a crash on the finish of qualifying on Saturday.

The incident was the most recent in a protracted line of luckless moments for Leclerc at his dwelling circuit that stretch again by to his junior profession.

Leclerc has nonetheless didn’t ever end a race in Monaco. A unfastened tyre compelled him to retire from the F2 spherical in 2017 earlier than a crash with Brendon Hartley introduced his maiden F1 outing within the principality one 12 months later to an early finish when he was racing for Alfa Romeo.

Injury sustained after hitting the wall whereas attempting to battle again by the sector in 2019 additionally resulted in a DNF for Leclerc, who then didn’t make the beginning of final 12 months’s race as a result of harm sustained in qualifying.

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Earlier this month, Leclerc crashed again at Monaco when driving Niki Lauda’s classic Ferrari 312B3 when a brake disc failure brought on him to go off at La Rascasse.

Requested by Autosport if his Monaco report weighed on his thoughts in any respect coming into this weekend, Leclerc replied: “No, it does not, I do not give it some thought.

“It is not been the luckiest monitor for me general, nevertheless it’s life. It occurs. It is a part of motorsports, and generally issues simply do not go your manner, and hopefully this 12 months will.

“However I will simply take the identical strategy as I’ve performed within the first few races of 2022. As a result of it has been profitable till now, and hopefully will probably be profitable right here at dwelling.”

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