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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc explains how his mindset has changed in 2022

Having extended his lead in the Drivers' standings following the Australian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc has been reflecting on how his approach to the 2022 F1 season has differed from previous campaigns.

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Charles Leclerc admits that his mindset has changed from previous years as he looks to mount a title challenge in 2022.

The Ferrari driver has built up a 34-point lead at the top of the World Championship standings ahead of George Russell in P2, whilst Ferrari have amassed 104 points in the Constructors' rankings, 39 points in front of second-placed Mercedes.

Despite fighting for championships in his junior career, Leclerc says that it feels very different to be battling at this level in F1.

"I've been in this situation in the junior categories but then, to be in this situation in Formula 1 means a lot," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com, following his second win of the season at the Australian Grand Prix.

"Especially after the last few years, and especially with a team like Ferrari, so it feels incredible."

How Leclerc's mindset has evolved from previous years

With Ferrari having faced a challenging few years, Leclerc acknowledges that his mindset is different this season, given that he can now regularly compete for victories.

"Obviously, the mindset is a bit different compared to the last few years," the Monegasque explained.

"Because now I know that, underneath me, I've got a car that is capable of winning.

"I don't really have to overdo things, or to do something extremely special and spectacular to actually get one or two positions, because I know that it's in the car and and I just have to do the job.

"So the mindset is a little bit different this year."

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