Express. The Daily and Sunday Express are published here. HOME NEWS SHOWCASE & TELEVISION Sport Finance Comment Transfer news Travel Entertainment Life & Style Football F1 Tennis Boxing UFC Rugby Cricket Other Sports Racing in the National Football League CHARLES LECLERC appears to have taken Formula One rival Lewis Hamilton’s advice. F1 preview: Invalid lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix We use your sign-up to deliver content in ways you’ve agreed to and to better understand you. Based on our understanding, this may include advertisements from us and third parties. You have the option to unsubscribe at any time. More information In his Formula One Drivers’ Championship clash with Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc appears to have taken Lewis Hamilton’s advice. Leclerc trails his Red Bull rival by 80 points at the summer break and has only nine races to make up the difference. Even if Leclerc won every race and Verstappen finished second, the Dutchman’s lead would only be reduced by 70 points. The Scuderia appears to require DNFs from the Red Bulls in order for Leclerc to have a realistic chance of becoming Ferrari’s first world champion since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. Despite Verstappen’s lead, Hamilton gave Ferrari some advice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which Verstappen won while Leclerc finished sixth. “It’s a massive gap to Max, so that’s pretty easy for him in that space,” he explained. However, a lot can go wrong. I would simply advise Ferrari to keep their heads down and keep pushing.” And it appears that Leclerc is paying attention. The Monegasque told BBC Sport that winning the driver’s title this year is becoming “more and more difficult,” but he refuses to admit defeat, saying, “Until it’s mathematically over, then I still want to believe in it.” This is what fuels my motivation.” READ THIS: The reason Max Verstappen is ‘happy’ Lewis Hamilton is posing a challenge. As the Ferrari ace sends a message to Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc takes Lewis Hamilton’s advice ( GETTY) As the Ferrari ace sends a message to Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc takes Lewis Hamilton’s advice ( GETTY) He continued: “I really feel like this first part of the season has been my strongest in F1 and I think the way I have worked. And the way we have worked as a team – in terms of finding the right set-up, in terms of building up to the qualifying lap in Q3 or just preparing the race – has been the best I have ever done in F1.” So there is no need for me to change that approach. Again, try and grow from the mistakes of the first half, but try and perform as well as the first half because the performance I’ve given, I’m extremely happy about. And this I want to keep.” So there won’t be any significant change. We just need to try and work as a team to put a weekend together for the nine remaining races and see where we end up.” Ferrari have made several mistakes throughout the year that have seen them fritter away points in the championship fight. Despite seven poles, former F2 champion Leclerc has only won three races this year and just one since the third round of the season. DON’T MISS… Lewis Hamilton fires warning to Red Bull and Ferrari after Hungary GPSchumacher’s brother has F1 wish ruined as Alonso joins Aston Martin F1 ‘silly season’ tipped to see Gasly, Schumacher and Ricciardo switch Leclerc continued: “We haven’t managed to maximise all the potential we had. And this is not great. We still have the second part of the season to catch up, I hope, and I will push at the maximum. But the last few races have been a bit difficult.” We want to do absolutely everything to get better in every single thing we do, and obviously looking at the first part of this season, there have been some strategy problems, there have been some reliability problems and there have been driving mistakes.”We are working extremely hard to get better. And after a mistake, we always go through exactly the same process, which is to try and analyse from where the mistakes come in order to go forwards. The way that we work [gives me confidence] because I know how tough it’s been the last few years to get back to where we are.” And I know that we arrived to that level because for two years we have been working on those weaknesses of the car. So, we still have weaknesses and we need to work on them. But if we work as well as we did in the last two years on other weaknesses, I am confident we will overcome them.” Related articles F1 Hungarian Grand Prix driver ratings: Verstappen and Hamilton dazzle Mercedes heartache worsens as Red Bull steal former Hamilton engineer Martin Brundle points out how Lewis Hamilton ‘tormented Ferrari more’ IPSO Regulated Copyright ©2022 Express Newspapers. “Daily Express” is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.