Charles Leclerc Working More Than Ever at Ferrari to Improve This ‘Weakness’ Ahead of 2021 F1 Season

Published 03/10/2021, 6:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is not resting on his laurels despite emerging as one of the top drivers on the grid in 2020. Even though last season was miserable for them, on an individual note, the Monegasque had a wonderful outing; scoring three times as many points as his teammate, Sebastian Vettel.

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The Italian outfit has had a busy offseason. To get their latest recruit, Carlos Sainz, acclimatized, they ran a special test for all of their drivers with the 2018-spec car at the Fiorano track. Also, they ran a Pirelli tire test to help develop the 18-inch rubber for next season.

RED BULL RING, SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Charles Leclerc of Scuderia Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“I think I’ve never been as in Ferrari as much as this season before the actual start of the season,” Leclerc noted.

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Coming back to his individual performance, Leclerc is one of the most coveted drivers, currently. He outshone his four-time F1 World Champion teammate, Sebastian Vettel, in 2020. But, he still feels that he has to work on his tire management.

“I still believe that tyre management is something I shall push. I’ve improved massively last year, and I hope that will be another step this year.

“That’s what I’ve done basically, trying to look at past races, trying to understand what could we have done better as a team, as myself, in the car, and yeah, try to improve on [tyre management] especially.”

SPA, BELGIUM: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc not reeling from the after-effects of COVID

Following a trip to Dubai earlier this year, the Monegasque caught COVID. Other drivers like Lance Stroll suffered lingering complications of the virus. Luckily for Leclerc, his symptoms were not so severe, and he has been able to make a complete recovery –

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“I’ve recovered completely. It didn’t hit me that bad, luckily, so I feel completely fine. I’ve done some physical tests just after COVID to be sure that everything came back to normal, and it’s the case. So all good on that.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 28, 2019 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

His time spent at the Maranello base will only serve him well. Even a thought of him adding more to his repertoire should be a terrifying prospect for his rivals, and a delight for the Tifosi ahead of the season opener in Bahrain.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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