Piero Ferrari Compares Charles Leclerc to His Father Enzo’s Favorite F1 Driver

Published 09/30/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Charles Leclerc joined Ferrari at the start of the 2019 season. He quickly made a name for himself in the team as he showcased his speed and outperformed his four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel. he also etched his name in the Ferrari folklore when he won the Italian Grand Prix in 2019.

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Piero Ferrari, son of Enzo Ferrari, mentioned that the Monegasque native reminds him of the great Gilles Villeneuve. He also stated some qualities that made the two drivers similar.

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Charles Leclerc is a driver that my father would have liked: Piero Ferrari

As reported by Marçà, the Italian businessman stated that Charles is a smart driver blessed with incredible talent and the former’s father Enzo would have liked him.

“Leclerc is a driver that my father would have liked,” said Piero.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Comparisons with previous drivers are always difficult. But it can certainly be said that Gilles Villeneuve, for example, was a driver of pure instinct.

“Charles is completely different: a smart boy, blessed with incredible talent in all aspects, highly focused. If we give him the right car, he will still give us a lot of pleasure,” said Ferrari. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Currently, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are teammates in the Italian team. Sainz joined the prancing horse at the start of the 2021 season and performed incredibly well in the debut season. Piero also complimented the Spanish driver and thinks that he and Charles make a great team.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

“He is a reliable and fast driver, as has been shown recently in Russia. We have a great team with him and Charles,” said Piero.

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The Italian team will hope to get back on top and fight for the title from the 2022 season. They have not won a title in F1 since the 2008 season when they won the constructor’s title.

Will we see Ferrari back on top? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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