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Charles Leclerc (MON) Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team and Peter Sauber (SUI) on the grid at Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 13 May 2018.

Leclerc: I’m not surprising myself

Charles Leclerc crashed out of the Monaco Grand Prix in late may, but two weeks later he again impressed by bouncing back from the brake-failure and crashing on the streets of his hometown to scoring a point at the Canadian Grand Prix in his first race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The Sauber rookie, who has been ‘boxing above his weight’ since the opener in Melbourne, has emerged as the revelation of this season. Already there is talk that Ferrari have found their man for the future.

Groomed by the Scuderia, the 20-year-old has shown the hallmarks of a great racing driver as well as a champion’s pedigree thanks to titles in Formula 2 and GP3 on his way to Formula 1.

Leclerc, who regularly beats more experience teammate Marcus Ericsson, knows he is having an impact on the Formula 1 paddock but his impressive performances are no surprise to him.

Speaking after his race in Montreal, Leclerc told the official F1 website, “I’m not surprising myself, but the team is very happy and that’s the main thing that matters to me. I can’t believe that we are having such positive races.”

“Actually, that’s now four or five races that we are just having amazing results race after race. So it’s great but we need to keep working and keep improving like we are doing and hopefully it will continue like that.”

“I am extremely happy. We are coming back from a brake issue in Monaco on probably the most difficult track for the brakes in Montreal, so it was a very big challenge for us but we reacted very well.”

“I am really proud of the work we have done. We knew how to fix the issues we had in Monaco and that’s what we did here so I am very happy.”

Leclerc is quick to credit his success to Sauber’s progress on track, “We are bringing small steps but always steps that are going in the right direction since the beginning of the season. So I think that’s our strength. Every time you can feel a little bit of progress in the team.”

“We need to be careful a little bit because I believe that the four or five next races will be a lot more difficult for us, but we’ll have to see. I’m extremely happy with the races we’ve done until now. We’ve taken every opportunity we had to score points and about this, we should be very proud.”

Leclerc is not allowing the praise to go to his head and when asked if his confidence was at the highest point in his career, the down to earth Monegasque replied,“Strangely its not that high! OK, they are good results, but after every race, I always try to find the negatives about myself and try to improve them.”

“It has gone well for now but it’s not like I feel completely confident, but I’m not someone who always feels confident about themselves so I’m always trying to improve. I think that’s a strength also, but it has definitely been good in the last races,” added Leclerc.

Big Question: Is Charles the real deal?