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Leclerc praised for “impressive” Sochi result

The ‘best of the rest’ result for the Sauber driver has been met with high praise from competitors.

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Charles Leclerc (left) with Alfa Romeo Sauber Team Principal Frederic Vasseur (Image courtesy of Sauber F1 Team).

Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc received high praise from fellow Formula 1 competitors for his P7 finish in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.

The Alfa Romeo Sauber driver finished the race as the highest midfield runner.

“Charles showed some impressive overtakes in the opening laps of the race, and delivered when it was important,” Sauber Team Principal Frederic Vasseur said.

Leclerc started the race from P6, but both Red Bull’s passed him after coming through from the back of the field.

Kevin Magnussen (pictured) was one driver who acknowledged the speed of Charles Leclerc in the Russian Grand Prix (Image courtesy of Haas F1 Team). 

Kevin Magnussen, who started ahead of Leclerc in P5, couldn’t hold the Monegasque driver behind.

“Leclerc was way too fast for us,” Magnussen commented after his P8 finish.

Leclerc made it past the Haas on lap 2, moving around the outside of the flat-out Turn 3 and cementing the position at the inside of Turn 4.

“He just overtook and pulled away easily,” Magnussen said. 

Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner commended Leclerc on a “great job” in the race. 

The result took Leclerc to 21 points in the Drivers World Championship. 

Magnussen’s team-mate, Romain Grosjean, described the Alfa Romeo Sauber car as “very fast.”

Leclerc leaves his Sochi garage (Image courtesy of Sauber F1 Team). 

The Sochi result was Leclerc’s second consecutive points finish, after P9 in last fortnight’s Singapore Grand Prix.  

“I am very happy with the result today,” he said. 

Leclerc described his first lap overtakes as “on the limit”, but felt they were crucial for securing his seventh points finish in 2018.

“I am glad to have scored some more points,” he said.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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