Leclerc targets 2nd Italian Grand Prix title

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2022 FIA Formula One World Championship 

16 Round

2022 Italian Grand Prix

Monza Circuit
Monza, Italy
Sunday, 11 September 2022
Charles Leclerc will be determined to win the Italian Grand Prix for the second time in his career when he takes part in this year's event. 
The Ferrari driver finished fourth in last year's Italian Grand Prix as he was beaten to the finishing line by Valtteri Bottas in their battle for third place. 
Leclerc, who won the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, finished third in the most recent race in the current campaign which was the Dutch Grand Prix on September 4.

Valtteri Bottas
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Towards the end of the race, the Safety Car caused by Alfa Romeo's Bottas put Leclerc in a position to attack again and, with his usual determination, he was able to secure his sixth podium finish of the season by finishing third. 
The Dutch Grand Prix was won by Red Bull Racing-RBPT driver Max Verstappen, while Mercedes driver George Russell and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finished second and third respectively.
Verstappen is still at the top of the 2022 Drivers' Championship standings, with his teammate Sergio Perez placed third on the table.
Leclerc, who is placed second on the standings, will be eager to win the Italian Grand Prix in order to move closer to Verstappen, and open a gap between him and Perez.

Carlo Sainz Jr
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"We’re not particularly happy with P3 today after having started second, but we were just not fast enough. We were unlucky with the Virtual Safety Car," Leclerc said after the Dutch Grand Prix.
"But I don’t think it would have changed much for us. Our competitors seem to have improved their pace, especially in the race, and this is something we will be focusing on going forward. 
"We’re off to Monza next. Although, on paper, it doesn’t look like it will be the strongest race for us, we’re always extremely motivated going there. It’s our home race and I can’t wait to see our tifosi again."
Red Bull Racing-RBPT are placed at the top of the Constructors' Championship standings and they are followed by Ferrari and Mercedes respectively. 

2021 Italian Grand Prix results

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo - McLaren-Mercedes 
Second-Place: Lando Norris - McLaren-Mercedes 
Third-Place: Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes 

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Published: 09/09/2022