“We are hunted for now,” Charles Leclerc accepts Red Bull domination after Miami defeat to Max Verstappen

The Red Bull driver, Max Verstappen and the Ferrari driver, Charles Leclerc express their viewpoint on the standings in the current Formula 1 season.

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen

The Charles Leclerc-Max Verstappen rivalry is grabbing each headline of the Formula 1 2022 season. The two exceptional talents on the current Formula 1 grid have delivered spectacular racing action for the fans in the five rounds completed so far. The Miami Grand Prix concluded with Max Verstappen clinching the victory from his rival, Charles Leclerc and closing down the points in the world championship.

The Red Bull driver continued his streak of winning every race that he has finished this year. Max grabbed the maximum points on offer out in Miami after taking the win along with the fastest lap of the race. The Dutch had a disappointing qualifying session after finish P3. However, come race day, Verstappen shifted the tide on his fortunes after an opportunistic move on Charles Leclerc to take the lead of the race on Lap 9.

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Formula 1 2022 season : A Charles Leclerc Vs Max Verstappen Showdown

Charles Leclerc who started the race on pole, crossed the chequered flag in P2. The Monegasque assessed his 2022 campaign by saying “I think we have been in only one position since the beginning of the season, which means we are hunted for now. I quite like this position to be honest, because it means that you are doing something right. But it is also true that it’s two races that the gap is slowly closing down.”

Meanwhile, the other protagonist of the drivers championship, Max Verstappen said “I like the position I’m in at the moment, knowing that the car is quick. And for example, end of last year, of course, I was the one who was being hunted. And that was actually not a great position because I knew that we didn’t have the pace anymore. I knew it was going to be very tricky to the end. So yeah, just depends a bit of how competitive you are as well.”

The Formula 1 calendar for the 2022 season is a long one. The season still entails a prospect of 18 races yet to come and the car development aspect plays a major role this year. The cost cap is also another factor each team needs to keep an eye on. The constructor and the driver who manages to nail these new factors of the sport will find themselves crowned champions come the end of the season.

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