Just Like Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc Once Snubbed Lewis Hamilton Over Thrilling Rivalry Question

Published 12/24/2022, 1:05 PM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 2, 2022 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Matt Dunham

It was a bittersweet season for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc. After a wonderful start to the season with a competitive car, they failed to mount the title challenge against Max Verstappen and Red Bull. However, after a tough season mixed with unfortunate mistakes and poor strategic calls, Leclerc did manage to finish P2 in the driver’s championship.

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The Monegasque has had several battles with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton over the course of his career. Subsequently, Leclerc distinguished the difference between racing against the two drivers. He also revealed which driver would he rather prefer to race against.

Max or Lewis? Charles Leclerc shares whom would he rather race against

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Racing against two multiple world champions can be difficult. Just ask Charles Leclerc, who has given these champions a run for their money. In a recent interview, the Monegasque driver revealed that he would rather race against Max Verstappen than Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 10, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after winning the Austrian Grand Prix as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after placing second and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after placing third REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Back in 2020, speaking on the Sky Sports Vodcast, Leclerc said, “If I want to finish the race, probably Lewis, but for the fun and the close races, probably Max because I know it’s always exciting to be fighting with Max. There is very little space even but I think that’s what we all enjoy in the sport. Sometimes, it’s a bit over the limit, sometimes it’s just on the limit, but I enjoy racing in reality.”

He further added, “I think Lewis is a bit of a different driving. He is extremely clever and I learn always so much from when I fight with Lewis, just because he always know exactly what you are going to do next with his experience.”

Not just Leclerc, even the reigning world champion snubbed Lewis Hamilton to race against Charles Leclerc.

Max Verstappen chooses his rivalry with Charles Leclerc over the one with Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen dominated the grid this season and won an astonishing 15 races this season. Naturally, he knows a thing or two about racing others on the grid. Two drivers who have often come across him as the sturdiest opponents are Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc. In light of this, Verstappen recently revealed which driver he prefers to race against.

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Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen collides with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Speaking to Sky Italy, Verstappen said, “I prefer what we (he and Leclerc) have now because, first of all, Charles I know very well, he’s a nice guy, we are a similar age – I think we are only three weeks apart.”

He further praised Ferrari and said, “The way they go about the way we are fighting… when they win a race we can go to them and say well done, and when we win a race they can say well done, and I really respect that.”

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Do you agree with Max Verstappen’s views? Who would you want to see Max fight with?

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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