“Whenever I Put on the Helmet…”: Leclerc Reflects on His Personal Tragedies in F1

Published 07/14/2021, 9:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


Charles Leclerc has proven, time and time again, that he is one of the fastest drivers on the grid. However, he is not just that; he is also one of the strongest drivers on the grid. He has dealt with multiple losses in racing, losing his father as well as his godfather in racing accidents. However, he hasn’t let them pull him back. Instead, he has used those losses to motivate himself further.

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Leclerc still loves the sport despite having  lost his closest one

While being interviewed by Tom Clarkson on an episode of the Beyond the Grid podcast, Leclerc was asked how he dealt with the death of Anthoine Hubert and Jules Bianchi. The Monegasque driver replied, “It really never changed for me. I don’t know, I can’t explain, racing is my passion. It’s my life, It’s always been my life. I am doing that since I am three and a half years old, since I am very very young.

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“I probably didn’t know when I was three and half years old that it was a dangerous sport. I probably realized it a bit later, but I knew at one point that it was a dangerous sport, that things could happen, bad things could happen.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“Obviously speaking about Jules, I have realized it with the incident of Jules. But for me it was, every time I am putting on my helmet, I have a smile on. No other thing in life can bring me such a smile.

“For me the relationship with the sport, is this – I am happy whenever I put on the helmet. I know that there is danger but on the other hand is what makes me happy. So there are no questions for me,” Leclerc concluded.

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How’s Charles doing this season?

The number 16 driver has played a crucial role at Ferrari this year, as along with new teammate, Carlos Sainz, he has bagged points to get fourth place in the standings this season.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Currently, Leclerc sits in sixth place with 62 points in the driver’s standings and is hoping to get more to make an impact in the championship. As of now, the next agenda on Charles’ mind is the British Grand Prix.

After coming in eight in the last race in Austria, Leclerc is hoping to redeem himself as he prepares himself for Silverstone. Where do you think the Ferrari driver will finish in the race this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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