Charles Leclerc’s Bahrain brilliance heralds start of a new dynamic in F1 | Giles Richards

It is a matter of time before the Ferrari driver tastes victory and his reaction to disappointment marked him out as a star

Charles Leclerc took the crushing disappointment of losing an almost certain debut Formula One win at the Bahrain Grand Prix with the impressive stoicism of a veteran.

He is 21 years old and more experienced drivers have crumbled or erupted in similar circumstances. That Leclerc bore it with such broad shoulders and sophistication reflected a driver who knows that it is only a matter of time before he does take victory. But more than that, his performance and reaction to the setback may well herald the beginning of a new dynamic in F1.

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