F1: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc hails big step forward as runner-up

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d Prix - Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - November 20, 2022 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc celebrates with a trophy on the podium after finishing in second place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 20, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates with a trophy on the podium after finishing in second place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

ABU DHABI—Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc hailed a big step forward as Formula One championship runner-up on Sunday and hoped to go one better next season.

The Monegasque finished second to Red Bull’s double world champion Max Verstappen in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“Considering where we were last year, it’s a really big step forward,” said the 25-year-old, who won three of the season’s 22 races while teammate Carlos Sainz triumphed once.

Ferrari finished as championship runners-up to Red Bull, after ending last year third and without a win. They also drew a blank in 2020, when they were…

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