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Leclerc aiming to pick his fights better in 2021 to avoid first laps accidents

Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari and Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talk on the pitwall during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc says he is aiming to choose his fights better in 2021 in order to avoid first-lap crashes as much as possible.

The Monegasque driver has high ambitions with Ferrari this year. With the arrival of Carlos Sainz and a new engine freshly coming out of the Maranello factories, the Scuderia Ferrari should see good improvements in 2021 that might even allow them to fight for P3 in the constructor’s championship.

However, the 23 years old driver wants to improve his ability to pick fights, especially at the beginning of races to avoid “silly” crashes. Charles Leclerc caused first lap crashes a few times this past season, the most relevant one being his crash with his former teammate Sebastian Vettel in the first lap of the Styrian Grand Prix.

“But I think I will probably choose my fights a little bit better. (…) Last year, if you take here by example, I was fighting with a Red Bull, which wouldn’t have been possible to keep behind for the rest of the race. So that was a bit silly to have a crash at that point of the race for these types of positions that I wouldn’t have been able to keep anyway.” says Leclerc

Indeed, as the Monegasque is about to start his fourth season in F1 and his third one behind the wheel of Ferrari’s single-seater, he will not be able to ‘hide’ himself too much behind his poor experience in Formula One. After very impressive performances against a four-time world champion, Leclerc is expected to deliver good results and to exploit the car as much as possible throughout the season.

However, he specified that his aggressivity can also be a great advantage as it allowed him to achieve some very good results in 2021. The 23 years old is, therefore, determined to make better decisions but he does not want to stop going for opportunities when he sees them.

“But on many other occasions, it helped us to achieve better results. I will choose my fights better, but if I have to be aggressive at one point to get better results, I will do it. (…) I will still be as motivated to try and do great results and we will have to see where we are at exactly to adapt my aggressiveness on track. But of course, I will try not to reproduce these types of mistakes.” he says.

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