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Leclerc urges Ferrari to avoid 'overdoing things' on home soil

Ferrari lead both the Drivers' and Constructors' standings as they arrive at Imola and prepare to go racing in front of the passionate Tifosi.

Charles Leclerc says it is vital that he and Ferrari approach the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix like any other weekend, despite it being one of their home races. Imola will mark the first of two home events for Ferrari in 2022 - with Monza to follow - and the Scuderia arrive holding a healthy lead in both F1 championships. Leclerc sits 34 points clear of nearest rival George Russell in the Drivers' standings, while Ferrari have a 39-point advantage over Mercedes in the Constructors' battle.

Leclerc not letting thoughts of an F1 title take over

Despite the reception Leclerc and Ferrari are likely to receive throughout the weekend, the Monegasque has vowed to keep his feet firmly on the ground. "I can imagine [the excitement], but I don't want to think about it too much!" Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com . "It's still very early in the season, obviously. It's good to be in the lead of the championship; I lead by 34 points, [which] is always good to take [wherever] you are in the calendar. "But I don't want to focus too much on the championship for now."

Leclerc: Ferrari need to treat Imola like any other weekend

Leclerc then called on Ferrari to follow the approach that took them to victory in Bahrain and Australia, and a second-place finish in Saudi Arabia. "We need to approach the race weekend just like we approached the first three weekends," he made clear. "I think it's extremely important not to put on ourselves extra pressure, and not [to] try to overdo things. "We are working - I think - as a team extremely well since the beginning of the season, and we just need to keep doing our job, just like we did in the first few weekends."

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