Charles Leclerc Insists Costly Monaco Mistake Won’t Change F1 Driving Style

Published 05/26/2021, 3:43 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Charles Leclerc was having a merry time in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix until things went south. While being the provisional pole sitter, he crashed at turn 16, which, eventually, prevented him from starting the race. Despite incurring such a heavy cost, Leclerc refuses to change his driving style.

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Ferrari’s weekend in Monte Carlo was quite a bit of a roller coaster. First, the Monegasque qualified in pole, the team okayed his car, only to find out a driveshaft issue moments before the race. Then, as all hope was gone, their new recruit, Carlos Sainz, secured a P2 finish, his first podium for the Italian team.

Charles Leclerc won’t change his attitude after Monaco

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Speaking to RacingNews365, as quoted by Motorsport.com, Leclerc said, “I took a bit of luck in the rankings. In the end, this can sometimes be one of my strengths and allows me to perform well in the rankings at times. Likewise, that’s why I sometimes make mistakes.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“If we come to the point that this mistake will change my attitude in future races. No it will not change because I had to take a chance. If there is room for me to push during the weekend, especially in the third episode in Monaco.”

“I will, and that’s part of the game. You always learn from your mistakes. I’m not too burdened with myself,” Leclerc concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

Leclerc finds it hard to accept Monaco failure

Home races are quite a big deal in F1. Drivers try as hard as they can to make their fans proud and finish as high up the ladder as they can. Unfortunately, Leclerc has never been able to finish, let alone win a race on home soil.

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Speaking about his DNS in Monte Carlo, he said, “It’s really difficult to digest not starting at home, but that’s the way it is. Words fail me a little, I’m very sad that I could not start here.” (Translated from German via Google)

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates pole position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The 23-year-old would now look to redeem himself in the upcoming race at Baku at the start of June. After tasting defeat at home, the Ferrari driver would use that as motivation to help him achieve a good result at Azerbaijan.

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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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