Charles Leclerc has admitted he is surprised by his domination of the FIA Formula 2 championship through 2017, but is refusing to relent in his bid to step up to Formula 1 in the near future.
Leclerc, 19, stepped up to F2 for 2017 after winning the GP3 title last year, and has swept the competition away so far this season with five race wins and six pole positions to open up a 50-point lead at the top of the championship standings.
The Monegasque racer recently tested an F1 car for Ferrari and has been linked with a drive at Sauber for 2018, but does not feel any extra pressure despite the speculation surrounding him.
“The results in this first part of the season have been better than expected and we’re clearly delighted about that,” Leclerc told the official F1 website.
“Seeing my name in the media more often and having it linked to Formula 1 and Ferrari is nice, but it’s not putting any extra pressure on me.
“There’s never a day goes by when I don’t think about what I want to achieve and I always give a hundred percent to get there.
“Being in Formula 1 is my dream and my goal and I am doing everything I can to make it happen.”
While Leclerc is being touted as a future Ferrari driver, he is remaining focused on the job at hand: winning the F2 title in 2017.
“Yes, it’s true, racing for the Scuderia would be the realization of a dream,” Leclec said.
“But for now I have to focus solely on winning in F2, on giving it my all over the next few months.
“If I don’t succeed, then I won’t really go much further.”