Leclerc: Recovery drives helped show speed
18 October 2017 – Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc believes his recovery drives in his title-winning Formula 2 campaign have been "very important" in proving his ability to Formula 1 figures.
Leclerc converted pole to Feature Race victory on five occasions, but also put in comeback drives after disqualifications due to technical irregularities, capturing the attention with his displays.
Leclerc was excluded from pole position in Hungary but rose from the rear of the grid to fourth, and classified fifth, having started 19th, in the Belgian Sprint Race, after his Feature Race disqualification.
Leclerc also climbed from 17th to ninth in the Italian Sprint Race, and reckons his comeback performances have underlined his credentials to those in the Formula 1 paddock.
"These three races [in Hungary, Belgium and Italy] have shown to people I think something that I couldn't have shown without starting from the back," he explained to GPUpdate.net.
"For the people in Formula 1 I think this is very important also to know that your driver is able to come back from the back.
"It has been negative for the championship because we have lost so many points looking back at the season.
"But on the other side I think it has had many other positive aspects that are not probably seen on the paper.
"In people's heads I think it has done a lot of good."
Leclerc will return to the cockpit of Formula 1 machinery at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday for the second of four planned practice runs with Sauber.
Leclerc will drive in place of Pascal Wehrlein for the opening 90-minute session, before the Mercedes-backed youngster returns to the C36-Ferrari for the remainder of the weekend.