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Winner Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, is congratulated by his team
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Is Leclerc due a Spa F1 reset?

Charles Leclerc has a love-hate relationship with Spa, but BEN EDWARDS feels that the Ferrari driver could be due a good performance at the Belgian track to reset his 2023 campaign

 Spa-Francorchamps is a rollercoaster, not only in topographic terms. Descending into Eau Rouge and climbing steeply through Raidillon then rolling downhill from Les Combes to the base level out of Pouhon, the sections give drivers a physical sense of the ups and downs of motorsport. But it’s also a track which has seen emotional highs and lows for many drivers; Charles Leclerc is a key example.

Leclerc began his single-seater career in Formula Renault in 2014 and raced at Spa on subsequent weekends in two different championships. The first was a downer: he qualified out of the top 20 for both Eurocup races, with a best finish of 26th. Less than a week later he achieved two podium finishes in the Alps series and finished one of the races just 1.6 seconds behind Nyck de Vries, who would become champion in both categories at the end of the year.

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