Charles Leclerc Urges Ferrari Loyalty From American F1 Fans After Hit Netflix Series Drive to Survive

Published 10/27/2021, 4:39 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 is most adored in Italy, but Charles Leclerc feels that with Formula One becoming big in America, they should start supporting the iconic red team on the grid.

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The sport of Formula One exploded in the States ever since the hit series Drive to Survive dropped on Netflix. With the Circuit of the Americas returning to the calendar, Leclerc feels Americans should show their love for Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc feels Ferrar’s fanbase in the States can grow

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After Drive to Survive aired on Netflix, the love for the sport grew in America. Hence, in order to capitalize on this opportunity, the Monegasque racing driver feels that fans from the Stateside should begin cheering for the Maranello-based team.

Speaking to GQ at the United States Grand Prix, Leclerc said, “For me, Ferrari is the most iconic team ever in Formula 1 – they’ve achieved so much and have been there from the beginning.”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna

“They’re such an incredible team, and have had most of the legends of the sport. Why support me? Well, I don’t know…I’m trying to do the best job possible, and if they like my personality from interviews and Netflix, then why not? But I’m not very good at selling myself, so hopefully my skills on the race track are good enough for them to start supporting me,” Leclerc concluded.

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How did Leclerc perform in Austin?

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Sunday’s race saw the Ferrari driver start from fourth on the grid. Having such a good position for lights out, the 24-year-old was aiming for a win or at least a shot at the podium.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying REUTERS/Mike Blake

However, even though Leclerc pushed himself to the limit, he failed to secure a podium finish, let alone a win. Now, with a week off, the 24-year-old has his eyes set on the Mexican Grand Prix, where he aims to redeem himself.

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What are your predictions for Leclerc as he prepares to zip around the track in Mexico? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down 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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