Competing in his debut season for Ferrari, the 21-year-old has now out-qualified his much more illustrious teammate, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, for the third consecutive race following his third place on the grid on the British Grand Prix on Saturday.
Given the historical past and weight of expectation that comes with carrying the well-known purple of The Prancing Horse, many have remarked at how Leclerc has taken all of it in his stride.
Even within the face of bitter disappointment, the Monegasque driver hardly ever appears fazed.
In his thoughts, it is simply all a part of an extended course of that has his final aim on the finish.
“Changing into a world champion,” Leclerc says matter-of-factly. “It is a dream since I used to be baby, because it was to come back into Method One,” he advised CNN.
“However now that I am right here, it is after all being a world champion however the street remains to be lengthy.
“I do not put any stress on myself (to get a primary win). I undoubtedly work as arduous as I probably can to get it as shortly as attainable however to inform you when precisely, I do not know.
“However one factor is for certain, I am doing my best possible to get it as shortly as attainable.”
Leclerc’s meteoric rise by way of the ranks of Method Three, Method Two and right into a coveted F1 seat with Sauber all occurred by the point he was simply 20.
Many questioned whether or not after only one full season in Method One — albeit a formidable one — he could be prepared for the step as much as Ferrari, who’re below the added stress of not having received a world title since 2007.
Leclerc even admits he was taken abruptly on the sheer dimension of the operation on the headquarters in Maranello, Italy and simply how adored the group are throughout the globe.
“You have got much more help all around the world for Ferrari, that is fairly loopy,” he tells CNN. “But additionally by way of contained in the group. How a lot they push in each single element, how many individuals there are — there are loads!
“It’s fairly troublesome (leaning all of the names) however persons are extraordinarily good. I have been welcomed very, very nicely right here nevertheless it’s troublesome to work with so many individuals in the beginning.”
Leclerc’s step as much as a group competing on the entrance of the grid has seen him renew on-track acquaintances with long-time rival Verstappen.
Each the identical age, Leclerc and Verstappen have competed towards one another all through their childhoods and racing careers.
Their near-collision on the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks in the past — ultimately deemed to be a racing incident after a three-hour deliberation — is prone to be the primary of many battles between these two potential future world champions.
“We have performed all our karting years collectively,” Leclerc remembers. “Then in automotive racing, we took completely different paths however in karting now we have been combating one another for for a lot of, a few years. Now to search out ourselves (combating) once more, in two high groups in Method One, feels good.
“It is what I’ve at all times wished to do. So to lastly be right here now and be combating with the most effective drivers on the planet is a dream that I had seen since I used to be a toddler.”