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Charles Leclerc must ‘rein in’ his driving style to beat Max Verstappen in title fight | F1 | Sport


Charles Leclerc must change his driving style to make sure he can compete for the title against Max Verstappen, based on Naomi Schiff. The Ferrari star must also ‘rein in’ his driving skills to make sure he finishes races if he desires to have a go at fighting for the title.

Schiff said it was vital to be ‘very consistent’ over a season slightly than throwing away good results to chase higher ones. She even described the Monegasque as ‘too eager’ when on the right track in a significant warning to the Ferrari star.

Leclerc was lying third on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix before spinning out while attempting to pressure Sergio Perez right into a mistake. Leclerc recovered to sixth but lost points on a day title rival Max Verstappen secured victory.

It leaves the Dutchman just 27 points behind Leclerc despite Verstappen suffering two retirements this season. Chatting with Express Sport ahead of Sky Sports’ recent W Series coverage, she said: “I believe it’s too early to place it all the way down to pressure because I believe Charles was in a reasonably decent position going into the weekend.

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The incident is Leclerc’s first error of the season but small issues have plagued the young Monegasque’s profession. He crashed out during qualifying for the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he looked set to secure pole position.

He also crashed while chasing down Lewis Hamilton for the lead on the German Grand Prix a few months later. Leclerc crashed during qualifying at Monaco last yr and despite setting the fastest time, was forced to the back of the grid after damage.

Speaking after Imola, he said: “I mean P3 was the perfect I could do, we did not have the pace for way more. I used to be too greedy and I paid a price for it and lost seven potential points in comparison with third place, so it’s a shame. It’s seven points which might be worthwhile at the tip of the championship, of course, and this shouldn’t occur again.”

Naomi Schiff is a presenter for Sky Sports F1 and W Series. Watch each race of each competitions live exclusively on Sky Sports.

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