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Alesi: Leclerc will win F1 title 'soon'

  • Published on 30 Jan 2020 14:03
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Former grand prix driver Jean Alesi believes Charles Leclerc will win a Formula 1 world championship in the near future. 

After making his debut season in F1 in 2018 with Sauber, the Monegasque driver moved to Ferrari alongside Sebastian Vettel in 2019.

Across the course of the season, Leclerc got the better of Vettel and finished ahead of him in the drivers' championship.

However, it was a disappointing campaign for Ferrari, who instead of fighting Mercedes for the world championship, found itself winning just three races - which all came in the second half of the season.

Leclerc, who picked up two race wins and seven pole positions (the most of anyone in the 2019 campaign), impressed Alesi, who has indicated that championship success isn't far away for the 22-year-old.

"He will certainly be world champion soon," speaking to Rai Radio 2, adding that Leclerc is "a phenomenon".

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Alesi denies modern F1 is boring

Alesi has just over 200 race starts in F1, 79 of which came with Ferrari in the early 90s. 

A regular at modern F1 races, Alesi insists that he still enjoys the events, and doesn't believe the sport has become too boring.

"It is not true that it is more boring - it is us who look at it differently," he said. "We are all a little more spoiled. The drivers are prepared and trained, the cars are fast and powerful. Formula 1 always has great battles - I still like it,"

Much of the criticism has come from the cars not being able to follow each other through corners due to the extent of dirty air, and the large gaps between the top teams and the midfield pack.

Next year, new technical and sporting regulations are being introduced in an attempt to halt the negative judgments that the sport has received in recent years. 

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  • JuJuHound

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    Charles needs to be aggressive as he has been with Lewis in Monza to battle with Max to avoid Austria's lost fight

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    • Jan 30 2020 - 14:45
    • I think he's been aggressive enough since Austria 2019. He needs consistency. He had peaky performance. Also, what happened in Monza last year was as good a performance as it was dancing over the limit of clean driving. I doubt it will be allowed again.

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      • Jan 30 2020 - 15:43
  • Aggressiveness isn't his issue, it's getting him into a good car. And that depends on a lot of factors..

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    • Jan 30 2020 - 18:36

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