Charles Leclerc Once Revealed “Plan B” if He Wasn’t an F1 Driver- and You’d Still Spot Him in the Paddock

Published 12/28/2022, 12:50 AM EST

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Many of our F1 athletes have been working nonstop to compete at the summit of motorsport, but life is unpredictable and only a small percentage of people achieve great success, therefore up until that point, the athlete is working on their Plan B. In a similar vein, Charles Leclerc disclosed his backup plan in 2018. If he hadn’t been so prosperous in Formula 1,

In 2018, the Monaco native made his Formula One debut with Sauber. Then, the following year, he made it to the Ferrari camp, and ever since then, he hasn’t looked back. Amidst all of these years, have you ever wondered where the Ferrari driver would’ve been if he weren’t competing in Formula One? Don’t worry, he would still have been in the paddock.

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Charles Leclerc was questioned in 2018 on the Beyond the Grid podcast about if he ever had a backup plan in case he hadn’t become an F1 driver. To this, the 25-year-old replied, Yes, there was a Plan B in my situation until probably GP3. After that, there was no real Plan B anymore.”

Revealing what was the backup plan, he said, “But until GP3, I was still continuing my studies. I really liked the engineering part of Formula One also. So I really had a Plan B that in case I will not be a racing driver, I would like to be an engineer for a racing driver actually. So yeah, this was my Plan B in case it didn’t work out.”

Typically, a child has too many interests during their formative years, but it appears that Charles Leclerc was focused solely on racing from a very young age.

Charles Leclerc was only passionate about racing

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Charles Leclerc is one of the most skilled young drivers and had a great season in 2022 where he finished at P2. The Monegasque has been training himself since he was young, and as a result, he has performed splendidly on the tracks of Formula 1. His hard work and determination have led him to gather a large following. Nonetheless, when questioned if he had any interests aside from racing the Formula 1 car, the Ferrari driver responded, I think, racing is really the road I had to follow.”  

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Finally, the 25-year-old disclosed that racing was the only passion he said, I don’t think I was bad at school. I was just a bit lazy as most of the people are for school. But yeah, I had quite good marks. Racing was the only thing that was interesting to me and I was training every day to be the best racer possible so so yeah I didn’t really spend much time at getting better at anything else.

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WATCH THIS STORY: Charles LeClerc Extends 6-Year Monaco GP Curse by Wrecking Iconic Lauda Ferrari Chassis

Charles Leclerc started the season strong, and it was anticipated that Ferrari would win the title. However, the team didn’t live up to the hype and lost to Red Bull. Nevertheless, after learning from their errors, the Scuderia will now attempt to recoup.

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Aditya Srivastava

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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