“Very Difficult to Manage Myself Mentally” – Leclerc Explains Emotions Leading Upto Topsy-Turvy Pole in Monaco

Published 05/22/2021, 9:39 AM CDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Charles Leclerc took all the attention to himself when he spectacularly crashed after running P1 during the final qualifying session in Monaco. This brought out the red flags with less than half a minute to go, leaving no opportunity for his competitors to get a timed lap in and try to beat his time. And after this complete debacle, Leclerc revealed his mental state heading into the final session.

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He had put his car in P1 during the afternoon practice session on Thursday. So, he knew that their pace was real and that he was under pressure to secure pole for Ferrari.

“It was very, very difficult to manage myself mentally after FP2. I could feel that it was very emotional in the car, but I told myself, ‘Now it is Q3 and it is time to put everything together.’ I managed to do so, and I am incredibly happy,” he said trackside after the session ended.

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Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 The car of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is recovered after he crashed in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

But, he is also in the spotlight for the wrong reasons after crashing his Ferrari into the wall. Although it would have been better to secure pole by seeing the chequered flag, at the end of the day, the Monegasque is happy to break to two-year-long drought for pole –

“It is a shame to finish on the wall, it does not feel the same. But, at the same time, incredibly happy about my first-timed lap. The first corner was quite tricky, I didn’t do a great first corner, but then second and third sector I nailed it. And so I am just very very happy to be on pole.”

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Charles Leclerc admits worry about the five-place grid penalty

Another thing that the Monegasque now needs to vary of his gearbox. It was a heavy shunt and looked like it destroyed the rear of his car. Asked after the qualifying if he was worried about a potential grid-place penalty, he replied, “I am, but let’s see.”

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The Tifosi will be praying that he avoids it. On the other hand, Max Verstappen and Red Bull would love nothing more and see themselves promoted to the top of the grid.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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