Hamilton, Senna or Schumacher? Charles Leclerc Reveals His True F1 Hero

Published 01/08/2022, 3:08 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco

Charles Leclerc is certainly one of the rising stars of Formula One; he has a long-term deal with the most successful racing outfit, Scuderia Ferrari.

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Who knows, the Monegasque could well win his first-ever world championship title in the coming years, consequently ending Ferrari’s dry streak. Prior to Leclerc, a lot of other big names have had their fair shot at winning Ferrari a championship title, including Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, but in vain.

Considering how rapidly the Reds have been growing in the past year, they could well rise up to be one of the title contenders by 2023.

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Hence, amidst what has been a compelling journey so far with a promising future ahead, Leclerc revealed that it was the Brazilian racing legend, Ayrton Senna, that initially kindled the love of racing in him.

Charles Leclerc reveals his F1 idol

Speaking to Italian media house L’Officiel, Leclerc revealed that Senna has always been his idol, and turns out, the Brazilian’s influence isn’t just restricted to his racing career but also falls into his day-to-day life.

Ayrton Senna, Grand Prix of Japan, Suzuka, 22 October 1989. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

My idol has always been Ayrton Senna. From what I could see from documentaries and talking to people who knew him, I discovered that he was a special person, not only behind the wheel, perhaps the best in history but also as a human being,” he said.

After his death, they found that he donated more than $ 400 million to charity to help educate Brazilian children. It will always be a myth. And not just for me.

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Leclerc lists out his favorite drivers

The 24-year-old opened up about his favorite F1 drivers, which unsurprisingly includes Senna and one of his biggest rivals, Alain Prost.

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Senna definitely, Prost, Niki Lauda, ​​James Hunt, Michael Schumacher, and … Hamilton would be fine too,” Leclerc said.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Third placed finisher Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks dejected in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

The Monaco native further revealed why he prefers racing on street circuits like Marina Bay and Monte Carlo. “Monaco and Singapore the circuits. Precisely because if you make a mistake you pay for it immediately,” he concluded.

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Overall, the last time Ferrari ever embraced a title victory was back in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen. Hence, could Leclerc be the next in line to become a Ferrari world champion? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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