Charles Leclerc Explains Why Monza F1 Win Meant So Much to Him

Published 08/06/2021, 3:34 AM EDT
SPA, BELGIUM: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)


Every Formula One driver has once envisioned themselves taking the checkered flag in the race. It’s something they think about right from their karting days. For some, winning the home Grand Prix can mean the world, and a prime example of that is Sir Lewis Hamilton. However, for Charles Leclerc, a different win holds a special place in his heart.

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The Monegasque racing driver talks about his victory at Monza back in 2019. Hearing the roar of the Tifosi gave the Ferrari driver the boost he needed to bring home a win for the Scuderia in their home race.

Charles Leclerc describes his winning feeling at Monza

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Leclerc started the Italian GP from pole position and looked set to bring home the win from start to finish. He kept the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in his rearview mirrors to bring home twenty-five points for the Maranello-based squad.

The 23-year-old said, “If you have to choose one race to win in a season, it’s Monza. You can really feel the whole country is behind you. It was one of the few times in my career where I lost a bit of concentration and was checking in the grandstands because people were going completely crazy.

“For me, it was winning more than just a race. It was winning a very, very, very special race,” Leclerc concluded.

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Can Charles score his first victory of the season?

The Monegasque has had a decent season so far. Leclerc’s best result to date has been in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where he placed second, only losing the lead of the race to Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifiying REUTERS/Florion Goga

Unfortunately, the following race was a forgettable one for the Ferrari driver. At the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, the 23-year-old found himself out of the race in the opening lap itself.

Now, with the summer break on, Leclerc will be hoping to bounce back in time for the Belgium GP at Spa, where he bagged a win for Ferrari back in 2019.

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He would hope to replicate a similar victory this time around; with the potential the Ferrari has shown this season, Leclerc would aim to gift the Scuderia their first win of the 2021 season.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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