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Leclerc taking steps to avoid burnout after rapid start to 2022

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is leading the World Championship heading into the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but is cautious of the long season that lies ahead after an exhausting 2021.

Charles Leclerc says he has made changes to his home life in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the exhaustion he felt towards the end of last season. The Ferrari driver has admitted that he was left feeling "very tired" by the close of 2021, a year that saw him stand on the podium only once at the British Grand Prix. But his best result from the previous campaign now matches his worst finish of 2022 so far, with Leclerc having won twice and finished second during the opening three races of this year. As a result, the Monegasque leads the World Championship by 34 points, and a perfect weekend in Imola could leave him with the most commanding advantage any driver has held at this stage of a season. However, Leclerc remains wary of a recurrence of the burnout he suffered late on in 2021.

Leclerc expecting tougher 2022 amid title fight

To combat the risk of fatigue, Leclerc says he has put a certain focus on ensuring that the "small details" - not only in the car but in his private life - are managed. The 24-year-old may be leading the World Championship, but the season finale in Abu Dhabi remains 20 races away. "I am careful at every single detail. It's not only on track, but also at home," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com , following his victory at the Australian Grand Prix. "Obviously, [there is] energy management as it's a long season. Last year, I finished very tired at the end of the season and I don't want that to happen again. "[They're] all the small details that, in the end, make a difference once you are in the car. "These are the small details that I want to make perfect on a season like this, where you actually have the opportunity to fight for a title."

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