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Frederic Vasseur: 'Charles Leclerc needs more time in Formula 1'

Frederic Vasseur says that Charles Leclerc will take some time to get up to speed in Formula 1.

Frederic Vasseur has warned that Charles Leclerc will take some time to get up to speed in Formula 1.

In Bahrain, it was Marcus Ericsson who scored Sauber's breakthrough points of 2018, despite the fact that rookie Leclerc was earlier touted as the team's new superstar.

"I do not take such a categorical position," boss Vasseur told reporters.

"'Yesterday Marcus was nowhere, now he's a superstar instead of Charles'. That's all wrong."

"We talked a lot during the offseason and Charles knew it would be difficult because F1 is different from F2."

While reigning Formula 2 champion Leclerc will get time to shine, Vasseur said that he is happy with Swede Ericsson.

"We were criticised when we decided to keep working with Marcus, but he progressed," Vasseur said.

"He trained hard in the offseason, dropping many kilograms. But the point was not his weight, but the fact that he demonstrated his determination."

The season continues tomorrow with the Chinese Grand Prix.


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