‘A Lot More Sense of Danger’ – Charles Leclerc Details His Experience of Driving Retro Ferrari F1 Car at Silverstone

Published 07/21/2021, 10:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


British Grand Prix was a special weekend for the Ferrari team. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz put in amazing performances at Silverstone to secure a double points finish for the team. In fact, Leclerc finished P2 to secure the team’s second podium of the season and was even the race leader for 50 laps. But that’s not what made the weekend special for Ferrari.

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The Italian team celebrated 70 years of their first win in Formula One – the 1951 British Grand Prix. While Leclerc sported a special helmet to commemorate the occasion, Ferrari also brought the original Ferrari 375F1 to Silverstone to celebrate.

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It was incredible; I enjoyed it so much: Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc got the chance to drive the car just before the beginning of the race. The Monegasque took the Ferrari 375F1 on a hot lap of the Silverstone circuit, where it had won in 1951.

“Ah, it was incredible. I enjoyed it so much,” said Leclerc after driving the Ferarri.

“It’s actually quite physical. My hands are a bit sore. It’s a completely different feeling. You have a lot more sense of danger even though you are going a lot slower. 

“But the rear is moving so much, I was actually pushing quite a bit and had a quite bit of a moment but I enjoyed it a lot, ” said the Ferrari driver.

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Ferrari still have no answers for their pace at Silverstone

As reported by F1, Charles Leclerc led 50 of the 52 laps at the British Grand Prix. Surprisingly, neither Leclerc nor Ferrari know why they were so fast! In fact, the Italian team were worried going into the weekend as they had struggled in Paul Ricard, which, like Silverstone, is hard on front tires.

Speaking about how the car’s pace surprised them in the race, the Monegasque said, “Yeah, we definitely did not expect it. We expected after qualifying to be quite competitive but not as competitive as now. We have been fighting for the win, which was incredible.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Especially on the medium we were extremely, but then on the hard, we lacked a little bit of pace compared to the Mercedes. But overall, it’s much stronger than what we are used to,” said Leclerc.

The Italian team will look to repeat their performance in Hungary. The circuit has high downforce and will suit the Ferrari, as they have been quick on slow-speed corners.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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