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, 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.
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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.”
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.