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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc on the brink of smashing two F1 records

Charles Leclerc has picked up 71 points from a possible 78 so far this season and could soon hold a record-breaking tally.

Leclerc win Australia
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Charles Leclerc could leave Imola having broken two F1 records, if his Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend proves to be faultless.

The Ferrari driver has already built up a 34-point lead in the World Championship, with two wins to his name after three races.

His near-perfect start to the season has seen him pocket 71 points from a possible 78 – and with the first F1 Sprint of the season set to be held this weekend, there is potential for him to add more than ever to his tally.

If events go his way, Leclerc could hold the most points ever after four rounds of an F1 season (105), along with the most commanding lead (43+ points).

Rosberg's record there for the taking

The current record is held by Nico Rosberg who, after winning the first four rounds of the 2016 season, was 43 points clear of title rival Lewis Hamilton with 105 points to his name.

His exceptionally-high points tally - and record - was helped by 2010's change to the points-scoring system that saw the reward for victory lifted to 25 points.

From 2019 onwards, an extra point has been awarded for the driver who has completed the fastest lap of the race (so long as they place inside the top 10 come the chequered flag).

And thanks to the F1 Sprint, Leclerc has more points than ever before available to him during the first four race weekends of 2022.

Drivers' World Championship lead after four races (since 2010)

Season Leader after R4 Points total Points lead Eventual WDC
2022 Leclerc 105* 43+* TBC
2016 Rosberg 100 43 Rosberg
2011 Vettel 93 34 Vettel
2020 Hamilton 88 30 Hamilton
2015 Hamilton 93 27 Hamilton
2021 Hamilton 94 14 Verstappen
2017 Vettel 86 13 Hamilton
2010 Button 60 10 Vettel
2013 Vettel 77 10 Vettel
2012 Vettel 53 4 Vettel
2018 Hamilton 70 4 Hamilton
2014 Rosberg 79 3 Hamilton
2019 Bottas 87 1 Hamilton

*If Leclerc wins the F1 Sprint, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and completes the fastest lap of the race.

Omens looking positive for Leclerc

Since the current points-scoring system was introduced, only five times has a driver boasted a points lead greater than 15 following the opening four races of a new season. On all five occasions, that driver has gone on the be crowned World Champion.

However, only on four of those occasions has the driver proved uncatchable, with Rosberg having been reeled in and passed by Hamilton in 2016 before the German returned to the top by the end of the season.

Leclerc has the potential to break Rosberg's record this weekend, should he romp to complete glory on Ferrari's home soil.

But, with the 34 points up for grabs matching that of his current World Championship lead, a failure to score at Imola could see his entire advantage wiped out.

Formula 1 standings 2022

Pos. Driver Team Points
Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing 454
Charles Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari 308
Sergio Perez
Red Bull Racing 305
George Russell
Mercedes AMG F1 275
Carlos Sainz
Scuderia Ferrari 246
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes AMG F1 240
Lando Norris
McLaren Racing 122
Esteban Ocon
Alpine F1 92
Fernando Alonso
Alpine F1 81
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo Racing 49
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren Racing 37
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin F1 Team 37
Kevin Magnussen
Haas F1 25
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia Alpha Tauri 23
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin F1 Team 18
Mick Schumacher
Haas F1 12
Yuki Tsunoda
Scuderia Alpha Tauri 12
Guanyu Zhou
Alfa Romeo Racing 6
Alexander Albon
Williams Racing 4
Nicholas Latifi
Williams Racing 2
Nyck de Vries
Williams Racing 2
Nico Hulkenberg
Aston Martin F1 Team 0
Pos. Team Drivers Points
Red Bull
Verstappen & Pérez 759
Sainz & Leclerc 554
Hamilton & Russell 515
Alonso & Ocon 173
Norris & Ricciardo 159
Alfa Romeo
Bottas & Zhou 55
Aston Martin
Stroll & Vettel 55
Schumacher & Magnussen 37
Gasly & Tsunoda 35
Albon & Latifi 8

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