Max Verstappen And Charles Leclerc they are divided by 16 days in favor of the first, they even share the same zodiac sign (Libra). On September 30, 1997 and October 16 of the same year, the two drivers were born who for the first time in this 2022 fought for the conquest of the World title. The career of the two champions separated when Max Verstappen took the Toro Rosso-Red Bull highway to land in F1 when he was still a minor, while Leclerc’s path was more traditional with the victory in GP3 and in F2 before landing in the Circus.
Already in 2019 Verstappen and Leclerc were the protagonists of unforgettable battles, even if at that time there was a victory (in Austria) or a prestigious placement (in Great Britain) at stake. The fight between the two has always inflamed the public and the first half of this championship was heart-pounding with peers often engaged in wheel-to-wheel duels as happened in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Austria. What could have been a struggle destined to create suspense until the end of 2022 seems to have by now inexorably resolved in favor of the Red Bull driver.
Verstappen already in Singapore with a series of lucky combinations could be crowned world champion and in Suzuka at the weekend he will have the first real match-point that depends exclusively on him and Red Bull (he must win by signing the fastest lap in the race). Ferrari and Leclerc had too many inconveniences of various kinds – reliability, strategic decisions and even mistakes on Leclerc’s part – and thus Verstappen was able to take off in the championship.
Asked whether this could be the first title fully deserved by the Red Bull driver Leclerc, he stressed that all the titles in F1 are deserved, even that of 2021 so: “The imponderable is part of our sport and all titles are deserved“his words in an interview granted to Corriere dello Sport. Furthermore, with great honesty, Leclerc admitted that he obviously feels annoyed at the thought that the peer will soon celebrate another world title: “The annoyance is because the F1-75 had excellent performance, but we lost valuable points along the way“.
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