“Don’t Think I Gain Anything From It”: Azerbaijan GP Polesitter Charles Leclerc Reveals Silly Secret to Ferrari Brilliance

Published 06/12/2022, 3:22 AM EDT

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has been in sensational form in the 2022 F1 season. The F1-75 has come alive in this new era of the sport, and Leclerc has ensured that he has capitalized on it in a massive way. In eight qualifying sessions, the Monegasque has claimed pole on a whopping six occasions.

At Baku, Ferrari opted to run a high down-force setup for their car, which meant it had more speed through the corners and was slower on the straights. Despite this, Leclerc popped up with the fastest sectors on track and beat his rivals easily.


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In the post-qualifying interview with Karun Chandhok on Sky Sports, the pole sitter shared his secret for executing a fast lap. He said, “I’m going down also with my head all the time in Quali. You cannot really see it, but if you go at the beginning of the straight. I don’t think I gain anything from it. Just for the, yeah, to be sure that I max out everything.”

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Charles Leclerc is aiming for maximum points at Baku

The Azerbaijan GP is a highly important race for Charles Leclerc and the Ferrari camp. Last race weekend out in Monaco, the homeboy hero started the race on pole position as the favorite to win it. However, due to a poor strategy, the win was snatched away from the driver, who comfortably led the race before his pit stop.


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This translated into car number 16 falling behind in the world championship to the reigning world champion, Max Verstappen. Notably, Leclerc has started the last three Grand Prix on pole position and has not converted a promising qualifying result into a race win.


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The emergence of a new championship protagonist (Sergio Perez) has intensified the 2022 world championship battle. Leclerc, while speaking to Chandok, commented, “Yes, we will work hard, and that is the only thing we want, to convert this pole into a win.”

The Azerbaijan GP is going to be a great spectacle. Leclerc’s Ferrari shares the front row with Sergio Perez, and Max Verstappen is right behind them in P3. The Red Bull opting for a low downforce package will result in them having a quick car down the straights. This will result in some great on-track racing action in the city of winds.


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Anish Arora


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Anish Arora is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. It is the competitive nature of the sport that not only made him an adherent follower of F1 but also inspired him to start his journey as an author for the most prestigious racing series in the world. Anish initially started writing for Formula 1 during his undergrad and now he is a huge fan of the Silver Arrows.
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