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Race winner Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
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Formula 1 Australian GP
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The Verstappen path Leclerc seems to be following in F1 2022

OPINION: Charles Leclerc insists he has not made a step up in his Formula 1 performances from 2021 into his early domination of 2022. But he does admit to there being one key difference compared to his past at Ferrari, which comes with striking similarity to the life of his closest on-track rival so far this year

"I never particularly struggle with pressure." Charles Leclerc said that ahead of FP1 in Australia last weekend and it was clear throughout the rest of the event, which he utterly dominated.

There was the 0.286s gap to Max Verstappen – Max Verstappen – in qualifying. That secured pole, from which Leclerc led every lap of the race to score his fourth Formula 1 career victory, with the race's fastest lap too, an accolade he wrapped up on the last lap even while going off-line lapping two backmarkers.

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