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Can Charles Leclerc use his tremendous form to exorcise his hometown demons?

Charles Leclerc is showing some good form.

Max Verstappen remains the dominant driver in F1 and heads into the Monaco Grand Prix at the top of the drivers’ championship. However, after winning his first race at the Miami Grand Prix, he was put under pressure by Lando Norris at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and was caught up by Verstappen, who was aiming for his second consecutive F1 victory, just one second away.

But it’s not Norris who is second behind Verstappen.

Leclerc instead.

Leclerc’s third place finish at Imola was his fourth podium of the season, continuing his incredible run of form that began in the 2023 season. Since last season’s inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, Leclerc has finished fourth or worse in every F1 event.

Can he maintain that consistency in the home races that have been heartbreaking throughout his career?

Last season at Las Vegas, Leclerc overtook Sergio Perez with a late-lap charge to take second place at the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix. And in the final race of the season, Leclerc again finished second, overcoming various changes in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and finding a strategy that allowed Ferrari to catch up with Mercedes and move into second place in the drivers’ championship.

It was a veteran performance that showed the true maturity of the Ferrari driver.

That continued at the beginning of the season. At the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Leclerc struggled with the SF-24, becoming increasingly frustrated with brake problems. But while Leclerc may have made a mistake and ended his day early this year, Leclerc fought through and was rewarded with a fourth-place finish.

He achieved back-to-back podiums in Saudi Arabia (3rd) and Australia (2nd), followed by consecutive 4th places at the Japanese Grand Prix, the F1 sprint race in China and the Chinese Grand Prix.

Then in Miami, Leclerc took second place in the F1 sprint race, followed by third place at the Miami Grand Prix. He was in the same position at last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

He has participated in 11 F1 events, all of which resulted in a 4th place or better. This is probably Leclerc’s best form since 2019, when he finished third at the Canadian Grand Prix. This started a run of 10 races in which Leclerc achieved eight podiums and two wins with wins at Spa and Monza.

On the downside, there was a retirement in that section at the 2019 German Grand Prix.

However, this amazing run of form will face a big test this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. Leclerc’s home races are a personal home of terror for the Ferrari driver and 2023 was no exception. Leclerc, who qualified third, suffered a three-place grid drop and was forced to start the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix from sixth.

That’s where he ends up.

Can he finally break through domestically?

His recent form suggests that is possible.

However, history predicts otherwise.

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