Leclerc found F1 'intimidating' at first

  • 17 Dec 2018 09:29
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

2019 Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has admitted to finding the sport intimidating at first.  

The Monegasque driver found the first few rounds of the season difficult, not managing to score any points until the Azerbaijan Grand Prix where he bagged an impressive sixth place. This form then continued throughout the season, which is what eventually earnt him his dream drive at Ferrari.  

“At the beginning, it’s first of all quite intimidating to speak to so many people,” he explained to Autosport. "Everything you are going to say is going to be analysed, not only by your engineer but by so many people. So obviously it’s quite, not scary, but intimidating as I said. But then you get used to it. And also the type of feedback you give, you can be a lot more precise with everything you say because there are a lot more people in the background.

“I remember finding the first races extremely long in Formula 1 compared to Formula 2,” he said. So this is something also that you need to get used to. After 20 laps you think that the finish is two laps away and then they tell you ‘Okay, 40 laps to go’ and you’re [like] ‘that’s quite long!’” 

Leclerc will partner Sebastian Vettel next year at Ferrari, replacing Kimi Raikkonen who returns to Sauber. Speaking last week, the 21-year-old said that he "would like" to win in Monaco and Monza, two races that mean a lot to him.

Replies (0)

Login to reply

Related news



AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

View more photos

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

View more photos


Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Do you think Claire Williams should step down at Williams?


World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Ferrari
  • Points 1,139
  • Podiums 45
  • Grand Prix 82
  • Country Germany
  • Date of b. Jul 3 1987 (31)
  • Place of b. Heppenheim, Germany
  • Weight 58 kg
  • Length 1.76 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
24 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
24 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar