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Where a key Leclerc strength is obscuring the true nature of F1 2022 – Autosport

Motorsport has long been a dreamland for those with a statistics penchant. They’re everywhere, in every category. And right now, in Formula 1 2022, there’s a stat that can offer Charles Leclerc a crumb of comfort after he lost a victory shot through no fault of his own for the third race in succession at last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
It was his least likely chance to prevail over the Red Bull pair after F1 left the tight confines of Barcelona and Monaco to race on Baku’s long blasts. But Leclerc, even before his aggressive virtual safety car stop had set up an intriguing strategy battle that was ruined by his retirement, had already secured an unlikely success on what was expected to be happy hunting ground for the slippery RB18s.
Alex Kalinauckas is Autosport’s Grand Prix Editor, covering every Formula 1 race since the start of 2020. After completing a master’s degree in journalism at Goldsmiths College University of London in 2014, he worked for a range of motorsport and technology publications while covering national racing as an Autosport freelancer.  
A lifelong motorsport fan – no one in his family can explain quite how or why such a development first occurred – Alex joined the Autosport staff in April 2017 as the magazine’s Assistant Editor covering Formula 2 and GP3, before being made Formula E correspondent and Autosport.com’s Plus Editor in March 2018. He lives in north-east London and is constantly frustrated by the Central Line. 
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