Charles Leclerc: Max Verstappen Tends to Make ‘Silly Comments’

Published 12/04/2020, 5:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 26, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Charles Leclerc believes Max Verstappen’s outspoken nature in the media is one of the more irritating aspects of the Dutchman. The Monegasque was answering fan questions on ZiggoSport when quizzed about the Red Bull star’s tiresome qualities.

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Verstappen’s no stranger to making debatable comments or remarks on and off the track. From radio rants to brutally honest media pen quotes, the Red Bull driver says it as he sees it. While the majority of F1 fans prefer an honest personality like Max, the Dutchman’s remarks also alienate portions of the paddock at times.

Sometimes he can do silly comments in [the] media, Leclerc said.

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“But at the end, that’s what makes Max. I think we need personalities in Formula One and that’s fine”. 

Leclerc not opposed to being teammates with Max Verstappen

Leclerc also revealed that he is open to teaming up with his rival in the future.

 “I mean we drive against each other for a very long time, back in karting too. We had some funny moments, well funny now,” joked the Ferrari driver. 

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

While Leclerc and Verstappen aren’t necessarily the best of friends on the grid, there’s no denying that the Ferrari star’s analysis is true.

Recently, Verstappen clarified his statements on sacking drivers who wouldn’t race after a red flag. While Max’s comments were meant as a joke, the timing and intensity of Grosjean’s crash led to minor outrage among fans.

Furthermore, after the Bahrain Gp, Verstappen dismissed Alex Albon’s podium efforts in Sakhir.

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“I don’t think that if you are 30 or 40 seconds behind your team-mate, that’s very good.

“I can just be honest about that, right?” Verstappen said.

“It was a shame for Checo too, because I think he drove a very strong race. It’s nice for Alex that he is on the podium,”

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Verstappen was asked to elaborate on the same in the buildup to the Sakhir Gp but declined to do so. Nevertheless, Verstappen’s bullish approach and no-nonsense attitude is a welcome change in F1.

With Hamilton missing out on this weekend’s race, Verstappen will be keen to end a relatively disappointing F1 season on a high. Despite not having the fastest car on the grid, Red Bull seem the favorites to win the Sakhir Gp.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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