Charles Leclerc Stands By His Michael Schumacher-esque Driving Style After Brawn Criticism

Published 07/02/2021, 5:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has defended his driving style after receiving some criticism from F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn. The Monegasque driver was involved in the first lap incident at the Styrian Grand Prix.

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The Ferrari driver ended AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly’s race after Leclerc’s front wing punctured Gasly’s rear tire. Ross Brawn criticized the Ferrari driver and advising him to have some patience whilst driving in the midfield.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

He also compared Leclerc’s midfield woes to the great Michael Schumacher. He mentioned that Leclerc was his driver of the day and is currently one of the best drivers in F1.

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For my wheel to wheel racing, I am actually quite satisfied with it: Leclerc

As reported by The Race, Leclerc argued that his driving style did not change during the race. He had the same mindset throughout the whole race, which enabled him to mount a comeback after the Lap 1 incident.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of the Steiermark Grand Prix REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

For my wheel-to-wheel racing, I am actually quite satisfied with it. It’s always obviously on the limit,” said Leclerc.

But if you look at the last race, it helped us massively to come back through the field without losing too much pace. So it’s always a fine balance.” said the Ferrari driver.

On his incident with Gasly on Lap 1, ” There’s maybe something I could have done to have avoided it. But now it’s too late.

It was a bit too much in the first lap, but I spoke with Pierre. Everything is fine there, and that’s it.” said Leclerc.

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Can Charles Leclerc guide Ferrari to an unlikely podium?

The Monegasque driver has achieved pole positions in Baku and Monaco this year. But P4 at the Spanish Grand Prix remains his best result in the race. He could have potentially won the race at Monaco but did not start the race because of reliability issues in his Ferrari.

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Charles had a comeback drive from P18 to P7 at the Styrian Grand Prix. He will look to qualify higher this weekend to put his Ferrari in contention for the podium if something happens with the front runners.

Can Leclerc get a podium this weekend? Comment below to let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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