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Charles Leclerc admits that finishing third in the drivers’ world championship would be a “crazy” personal achievement for him.
Leclerc lies marginally ahead of Max Verstappen and teammate Sebastian Vettel, who are also in contention to take third place behind the two Mercedes drivers.
Lewis Hamilton already won the trophy, while Valtteri Bottas finished second.
“It’s not to take the lead,” Leclerc dismissed. “Being third in the Formula 1 world championship would be crazy. Last year I was fighting for 13th position, and I never imagined I would be fighting for a podium in the world championship this year. So just for a personal achievement, it would be great and I would be extremely happy. It’s mostly for myself.”
The 22-year-old has already wrapped up the qualifying head-to-head against Vettel, has secured seven pole positions, nine podiums and two race wins in 2019.
“After the first four or five races, I never imagined I’d find myself in this position at that moment of the year. I worked a lot on qualifying at the beginning of the season. I changed a few things, it went quite a lot better from France onwards. I’m very satisfied with the season. I had no expectations in terms of results, but I wanted progression. So on that, I’m very happy.”