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Leclerc ahead of Scuderia curve

24th August 2019, 16:12 by Gareth Freeman

Team principal Mattia Binotto says Charles Leclerc has made a stronger start to his Ferrari career than the team anticipated.

Leclerc joined the Scuderia ahead of the 2019 campaign after just one season in Formula 1 with Sauber.

The 21-year-old has managed poles in Bahrain and Austria and sits fifth in the drivers' standings with 132 points, just 24 adrift of team-mate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Leclerc is yet to claim a race win but Binotto has been delighted with his performances so far.

"He's a talent, we knew it, but I think he's really learning from mistakes and that's more important," he told Motorsport.com. "Even his collaboration with the team, his way of supporting the team in the development of the car, is improving race by race, day by day, that's another positive of the first half.

"We knew that he was a talent, we knew that he was very strong when attacking or defending, because we could've seen that in F3 [GP3] and F2.

"I think if there's anything that's surprising us is how much he's improving through the races. And I think race after race, his weekend is becoming more solid and solid, and I think he can even do better than what's he's doing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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