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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, in the press conference
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How Leclerc can be the galvanising figure Ferrari needs

Being fast isn't enough. Charles Leclerc needs to work with new team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr to bring Ferrari out of the dark, says BEN EDWARDS

The season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix will mark two years since Charles Leclerc rattled the F1 establishment with a stunning performance in just his second race with Ferrari. Leclerc dominated all three segments in qualifying and achieved his first pole position. Excessive wheelspin off the line cost him the advantage, but within six laps he was back in front and he controlled the race until a fuel injection problem dropped him to third.

But the Monaco youngster had set out his stall. With no intention of playing second fiddle to Sebastian Vettel, Leclerc ignored instructions to hold back from attacking his team-mate in the early stages and almost reaped a worthy reward.

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