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Charles Leclerc experienced a challenging start to his 2023 campaign, with two of the first three resulting in DNF’s. It was in Azerbaijan where the Monegasque got a podium. However, soon in the next race at Miami GP, Leclerc crashed twice at Turn 7 in the first practice and qualifying. And now the Monegasque is heading to one of the tracks where he has remained unlucky.

Leclerc has never finished on the podium in Monaco. His debut year saw him drive with Alfa Romeo and a braking failure prompted him to shunt. In 2019, he damaged his tires and locked up during his first qualifying lap while driving for Ferrari. In 2021, he wrecked during qualifying just as he was about to take the pole position. And in the first half of 2022, the Monegasque was comfortably dominating the race as well, but a mix-up at the pit stop cost him the podium spot. Now Peter Windsor has brought up Leclerc’s flaws in the wake of the race at the Florida circuit. Apparently speaking on his YouTube channel, Windsor, the former Ferrari team manager, believes if the 25-year-old has the patience needed to reach the podium, he can undoubtedly end the Monaco curse.

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The former Ferrari manager remarked, “My suggestion is; Don’t force the car harder than the track asks you to do. Let the time come right with the tires and the handling.” Here, the journalist is attempting to bring the spotlight on Ferrari’s issues since the team’s Maranello-based side has tire wear concerns. Leclerc was advised to stay calm. While adding further, Windsor highlighted the lack of patience as the only shortcoming in Leclerc’s character that’s coming in the way of breaking the Monaco Jinx. He said,” In Monaco, it’s all about patience and I think that’s the only thing Charles doesn’t have at the moment.”

Throughout his career, Charles Leclerc has demonstrated potential. However, since his debut, the Monegasque has remained far from the Championships. And like last year, the 25-year-old hasn’t been able to fend off Max Verstappen’s supremacy as Red Bull romps to a third straight championship. And the Ferrari chief recently explained the cause.

Why can’t Charles Leclerc withstand Max Verstappen’s dominance?

Max Verstappen had only one title rival in the previous year: Charles Leclerc. However, following Leclerc’s initial success, the Dutchman easily defeated the Ferrari driver by 146 points to win his second world championship. In addition, throughout this season, Dutchman has already presented his masterclass. And now Ferrari chief, Enzo Ferrari’s son Pierro, has chosen to provide an explanation.

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Ferrari claims that at this point in his career, Leclerc lacks the Dutchman’s experience. While talking to Autosport, Ferrari said, “Charles has the speed to be equal to Verstappen. But he has less experience, in terms of number of GPs. Leclerc can still grow, he will grow.”

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When discussing Verstappen, Ferrari emphasized that the Dutchman has completed his learning process and is a complete package at this point. He added, “I was there when he got his first victory in Barcelona. He made his mistakes after that, his accidents. Now he is young and already has a lot of experience. He is a great driver who is now at the peak of his career.”

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of writing experience. He developed a keen interest in the sport after the unforgettable Abu Dhabi 2021 race. As a graduate of a premier institute, Aditya is committed to producing high-quality content that is engaging, informative, and accurate.
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