Charles Leclerc Reveals the Valuable Teachings of His Father

Published 11/11/2021, 4:04 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Undoubtedly, Charles Leclerc is one of the best drivers on the Formula One grid. The Monegasque racing driver gives credit to his late father, Hervé Leclerc, who is responsible for making him the talented driver he is.

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The Ferrari driver gives a huge thanks to his dad, who helped him in his younger days to learn the basics. Additionally, Leclerc always remembers the lesson his father taught him and that was, to be honest with himself.

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Charles Leclerc talks about the lesson his father taught him

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The 24-year-old was extremely close to his father and remembers the things he taught him when he was younger. To this day, the Ferrari driver applies those lessons in Formula One, hoping to be the best he can be on the grid.

Speaking to Jason Duaine Hahn in an exclusive interview with People, Leclerc said, “My father was always a huge help for me since the beginning, he gave me a passion for the sport, and he helped me massively in the first years, especially when I had to learn all about the basics of the sport.”

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – FIA News conference – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 23, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the press conference FIA/Handout

“What my father also taught me is, to be honest with myself. And this is, for me, the most important. Especially when you arrive in Formula 1, you’ve got a lot of people around you, not because you are a nice person, but because you are a Formula 1 driver. And you always hear nice things about yourself, which is not always helpful.

“He taught me to be honest with myself, to look in the mirror after a race and say, “Okay, Charles, what could you have done better in this race?” This allows me to be critical of myself, and try to learn from it,” Leclerc concluded.

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How did Charles perform in Mexico?

The 24-year-old driver was looking optimistic for the Mexican Grand Prix. Leclerc started the race in eighth place and had hopes of gaining a few positions.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

As the checkered flag brought the race to an end, the Ferrari driver found himself in fifth place and seized ten points for the Maranello team.

Now with the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix, Leclerc will aim to get a better result than he did in Mexico. With Sunday’s race just a few days away, what are your predictions for the Monegasque racing driver? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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