Analyzing Charles Leclerc's Disappointing Start to the 2023 F1 Season: How Does It Compare to His Previous Years?
As F1 fans, we've all witnessed Charles Leclerc's tumultuous start to the 2023 season. Leclerc's race in Australia marked his second "Did Not Finish" of the season, following a spin-out during a Lap 1 collision with both Aston Martin drivers that resulted in him landing in the Turn 3 gravel trap. It's safe to say it hasn't been his best showing. But is this his worst start to an F1 season? Let's dive in and find out.
2023: 6 Points - A Shocking Start
With a power-unit failure in Bahrain and a spin-out in Australia, Leclerc's start to the 2023 season has been a rocky one. Even with a grid penalty in Jeddah, Leclerc managed to rally and finish in 7th place, which was the best Ferrari could hope for.
2022: 71 Points - A Glorious Beginning
Last year, Leclerc was almost perfect through the first three rounds, winning in Bahrain and Australia before Max's retirement. With two wins, two second-place finishes, and two poles, it was a tremendous start for the young driver. But the rest of the season proved challenging for Ferrari, and Leclerc ultimately finished in fifth place in the Drivers' Championship.
2021: 28 Points - A Steady Start
Leclerc's start to the 2021 season was a steady one, with finishes of 6th, 4th, and 6th in Bahrain, Imola, and Portimao, respectively. These finishes aligned with Ferrari's expectations as they battled it out with McLaren for third place in the Constructors' Championship.
2020: 18 Points - A Slow Start
Leclerc's start to the 2020 season was slower, with a second-place finish in Austria doing most of the heavy lifting. He crashed into his then-teammate Sebastian Vettel in Hungary, taking them out of the race. Ferrari's struggles in 2020 meant that Leclerc finished eighth in the Drivers' Championship.
2019: 36 Points - A Promising Start
Leclerc's first season at Ferrari in 2019 was a promising one, with top-five finishes in all three races, including a pole position in Bahrain and a podium finish. He finished just one point behind his teammate Vettel, and it was clear that Leclerc was a rising star in the F1 world.
2018: 0 Points - A Rookie Start
In his rookie season at Sauber in 2018, Leclerc failed to score any points in the first three races. But as the season progressed, he impressed enough to earn a seat at Ferrari for the following year. His 6th place finish in Baku in the fourth race was his best finish of the season.
So, is this Charles Leclerc's worst start to an F1 season? Sadly, the answer is yes. But it's important to remember that Leclerc is a talented driver, and he has shown us time and again that he can bounce back from difficult starts. Let's hope that he can turn things around in the remaining races of the 2023 season.
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