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Leclerc claimed his 'only target' was to dethrone Red Bull and praised the work of Ferrari's development team ahead of next week's car launch.
Twenty-six-year-old Leclerc, speaking for the first time since the announcement that Lewis Hamilton will replace Carlos Sainz in 2025, cut a cautiously upbeat figure.
'To win the championship, this is the only target I have. I'm only happy when I win, second place is not my target,' he said.
Charles Leclerc, right, claimed his 'only target' was to win a championship with Ferrari - and that second place isn't enough
Leclerc was speaking for the first time time since it emerged that Lewis Hamilton would join Ferrari in 2025
'You need to give yourself realistic targets as well, as much as we are always optimistic and try to do the best job possible.
'We all want to win but looking at where we are starting from from last year, Red Bull had a big advantage. So now we need to close the gap as much as possible.
'So we will do absolutely everything to try and, and do the step that, that is our goal in order to challenge.'
Ferrari accumulated less than half of Red Bull's points total last season to finish third among the constructors while Leclerc came