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“I will never be a calculated driver,” says Leclerc

Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 25, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc has said he will never be a “calculated driver” despite his multiple critics of being too enthusiastic at the time of racing, even admitting he should “avoid silly mistakes” earlier this year.

“When I was just a kid, I was a really crazy kid,” Leclerc told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “I was a very young driver with 95 percent emotions and only five percent rationality. So I worked hard on myself, also mentally, to change those proportions a bit.”

The Monegasque admitted the rationale now leads at the time of making racing decisions, but that feelings and emotions still have a big influence.

“I live this sport with passion and dedication. I will never become a cold and calculated driver, but there are some things you have to think about properly when you drive on the track.

“That’s why I try to be 55 percent reasonable and 45 percent feelings. I know how good it felt to see my idols on the podium when I was young, when they were winning races and titles, so I know how well I have to perform myself,” he explained.

Leclerc has admitted he has matured “a lot” since he first joined the sport three years ago. Still, the Ferrari driver says the pressure is hard to handle, even for a ‘big player’ like him.

“In the three years since my debut I’ve matured a lot more. I didn’t know what a closed environment the F1 circus would be. From the outside you can’t understand how much pressure is on you,” he concluded.

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