Charles Leclerc reveals championship dream amid Ferrari woes

Charles Leclerc is already 85 points behind Max Verstappen in the 2023 Formula 1 Drivers' Championship.

Charles Leclerc has revealed that he will “do everything” until he retires from Formula 1 to ensure he becomes World Champion, with the Monegasque having already achieved his initial dream.

Leclerc’s switch to Ferrari from Alfa Romeo in 2019 saw the 25-year-old complete his initial dream in F1, with the Monegasque having always wanted to race for the Scuderia.

Since accomplishing that, his attention has turned to his biggest dream of all, adding his name to the list of F1 champions.

2022 was by far the closest he’s come so to completing his second dream, with the Ferrari driver having finished second in the Drivers’ Championship behind Max Verstappen.

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Leclerc actually led the bulk of the first half of the 2022 season, before driver errors, strategic mishaps and reliability gremlins saw Verstappen cruise to a second consecutive crown.

Unless something truly unbelievable happens, 2023 also won’t be Leclerc’s season, with him having endured a disastrous start to the year.

He’s already retired from two of the opening five races of the season, with him having claimed just one podium.

Leclerc managed to finish third at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after starting from pole; however, he simply couldn’t match Red Bull’s supreme race pace.

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He retired in Bahrain whilst he span-out in Australia, with the Monegasque having in total scored just 34 points.

Leclerc is currently seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and is already 85 points behind Verstappen, meaning the Ferrari driver’s title hopes will likely be readjusted to 2024.

Whilst Ferrari as a team haven’t started the season well, Leclerc also has to take some of the responsibility, with him continuing to make complete unnecessary driver errors.

He crashed twice at the same corner during the Miami Grand Prix, a weekend where he could’ve qualified on the front row, rather than seventh.

Some have suggested that in order to win an F1 title that he needs to leave Ferrari; however, should he continue to make driver errors then it doesn’t particularly matter who he drives for.

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Regardless of that, he’s determined to do everything he can to turn his dream into a reality.

“One of my dreams was to be a Ferrari driver in Formula 1 and that I realised. But it doesn’t stop there,” Leclerc told Italian Rai TG1 said.

“I want to win a world championship, in fact several world championships if possible. And I will do everything until the end of my career.”