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Sauber progress spared Leclerc 'mentally challenging' season

Charles Leclerc reckons his maiden season of Grand Prix racing could have taken on a very different complexion if Sauber had not out-performed as well as it did. The Swiss outfit was in tatters, both financially and competitively, in 2017. But a salutary restructuring with an influx of fresh cash and backing and the hiring of Frédéric Vasseur provided Sauber with a new foundation for 2018. While the team struggled in its early races, eventually progress set in, allowing rookie Leclerc to showcase his skills, boost his motivation and ultimately earn himself a seat at Ferrari in 2019. Brawn puts Leclerc at head of new post-Alonso F1 generation But the Monegasque knows it could have all...
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