Charles Leclerc says he and Ferrari still have a chance of championship glory this year, despite an ever-widening gap to Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
After winning two of the season's first three races, Leclerc led the Drivers' Championship and had a 46-point advantage over Verstappen after the Australian Grand Prix.
But a combination of poor reliability, questionable strategy and driver error has seen Leclerc's lead collapse, with Championship leader Verstappen a full 93 points ahead of the Monegasque and seemingly on his way to his second World Championship.
Despite his considerable deficit, however, Leclerc is refusing to throw in the towel, and says he is convinced Ferrari still have a chance of glory this year.
"I think the base is there, and if we put everything together we still have a chance, and I will believe in it until the very end," Leclerc told Sky F1.
"This is the mentality that we need to have as a team, and that we need to keep until the end of the year because we need to keep the motivation as high as possible, and I really do believe that we can still make it."
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With such a sizeable gap to Verstappen, and a dwindling number of races in which to try to close it, Leclerc said his sole tactic from here on would be to go for glory at every Grand Prix.
"The goal now is to maximise our potential at every race, which means going for the win at every race, and at least have the pace to win, and then we'll go race by race and try to improve as a team," said Leclerc.
"[Verstappen] has had an incredible first part of the season, and Red Bull did such a great job in the first part of the year. Again, we focus on our job, I'm sure that we can do even better."
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