Charles Leclerc needed 'nearly a year' to understand Ferrari08/16/2021
Ferrari are arguably the most iconic name on the Formula 1 grid, and it took Charles Leclerc time to adapt to such a “big team”.
A graduate of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Leclerc earned a call-up to the red team back in 2019 after only one season in Formula 1.
He instantly proved a success, providing two of Ferrari’s three wins that season as he got the better of four-time former World Champion Sebastian Vettel on the other side of the garage.
Socially, Leclerc felt comfortable at Ferrari from the start. But with only a year’s F1 experience at the time, there was a lot for him to learn outside of social skills.
“I was comfortable from the beginning, I had a lot of things to learn, but it felt like I’d known them straight away – on the social relationships,” he said while appearing on the Beyond The Grid podcast.
“Then to feel comfortable in the way such a big team works? Probably nearly a year, I will say.
“Nearly a year to understand exactly the dynamics of the team, how you face issues, how you react to those problems. Yes, probably almost a year.
“It is a long time. Yes, yes, it is a very, very long time but it’s very, very interesting.
“To live it feels a lot shorter and you can feel all the steps, and every time you are learning something and you apply it you are just getting a better understanding of how everything works. Also, you feel more in control of the situation.”
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When Leclerc joined Ferrari in 2019 they were still competing in the upper echelons of the grid. But in the season-and-a-half which has followed, it has been a case of scrapping in the midfield to take Ferrari back there.
But what this experience has done is develop a more mature Leclerc.
Already in 2021 he has two pole positions and a podium finish to his name.
“I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a driver, as a person,” he confirmed.
“How much better? It’s difficult to quantify, but I definitely feel a better driver compared to when I first arrived.
“Just how much detail we are going into after every difficult race, but every good race we’ve had…it’s made it very interesting. It’s a sport where I am always learning and I think everyone on the grid is learning every time they get into the car.”
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