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Leclerc admits to big Ferrari ask

27th June 2019, 18:06 by James Mason

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc says it looks like a big challenge for his team to catch championship leaders Mercedes this year.

Monegasque star Leclerc has finished in third place three times during his debut season with Ferrari - those podiums coming in Bahrain, Canada and France - while he has only ended up outside the points once this term from eight races.

The 21-year-old is sitting fifth in the Drivers' Championship, 13 points behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen in fourth while Scuderia team-mate Sebastian Vettel is a further 11 points ahead in third.

Despite Leclerc's positive start to the campaign, Ferrari are yet to win a race as defending champions Mercedes have triumphed in all eight outings, highlighting their dominance in Formula 1 right now.

Although refusing to give up on both the individual and team titles, the 2017 FIA Formula 2 champion admits it is a big ask to catch the Silver Arrows.

"We will believe it until the end, of course," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "We are all aware the gap is quite big. It'll be difficult to catch up, but we won't give up until it's not possible."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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