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Leclerc thinks road to F1 title 'long'

Leclerc thinks road to F1 title 'long'
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Charles Leclerc says the road ahead of him to the F1 title is "long".

Charles Leclerc says the road ahead of him to the F1 title is "long".

In Bahrain, only a car problem prevented the young Monegasque from winning his first grand prix.

And in Baku, Toto Wolff said that despite Mercedes' fourth consecutive 1-2, "Charles Leclerc was the fastest here".

Indeed, the Ferrari driver was incredibly hard on himself after a qualifying crash, but Lewis Hamilton thinks Leclerc is definitely a title contender.

"It's very nice to hear that coming from a five time world champion," Leclerc, 21, told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

"Many other people already see me there too, but I think the road is long," he added.

"What is certain is that I will do everything to get there. I want to be the best in my sport, but at the same time I realise how difficult it is.

"Since I was a child, doing karting competitively, I have wanted to win. So yes, to be world champion is a goal that I want to achieve," said Leclerc.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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