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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc reflects on 'missed opportunities' in 2022 title defeat

Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari will look back on 2022 with a pang of regret over multiple "missed opportunities."

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Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari's "missed opportunities" in the 2022 Formula 1 season will only serve it well in future campaigns.

Despite starting out with the fastest car under the new technical rules and winning two of the first three races, Leclerc and Ferrari suffered a catalogue of reliability, operational, strategic and driver blunders to allow Max Verstappen to run away with the Drivers' Championship title.

The Monegasque is now in a fight with Sergio Perez to finish as runner-up in the standings, but believes the lessons learnt in 2022 will prove beneficial in the long-term.

Leclerc on "missed opportunities"

"This year, we did a huge step forward in terms of performance," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com, after Ferrari spent 2020 and 2021 mired in the midfield battle.

"But there were loads of missed opportunities and parts of the season where there were too many mistakes (such as strategic blunders in Monaco or a Leclerc crash in France when leading).

"So it's been a frustrating season overall, but on the other hand, I'm pretty sure it will help us to get better in the future.

"I am focused in these last races in order to learn more and to be better as a team.

"I think it's important for everyone for myself for the whole team to finish with good results.

"In terms of communication and strategy, we've been working on that for a few races now and I'm already seeing positive signs.

"And then there's the tyre management where we've seen in the last few races that it's a bit difficult. We have to find out what's causing that.

"That's where we probably are not as good as maybe Red Bull, so we need to work on that."

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