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Breaking the Monaco Curse, Charles Leclerc Gets Adorned With ‘Drove Like a Champion’ Remark

Somin Bhattacharjee

Breaking the Monaco Curse, Charles Leclerc Gets Adorned With ‘Drove Like a Champion’ Remark

After five years of heartbreaks, Charles Leclerc has finally won the Monaco GP, standing tall in front of his home fans. It drew in plaudits from the rest of the grid, even former drivers chimed in, hailing the Monegasque driver for achieving his lifelong dream of winning on the streets he grew up in.

At the end of every Monaco GP, drivers, F1 legends and celebrities appear for a gala in the Principality, and in attendance last Sunday was three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

While giving a speech at the gala, Stewart congratulated Leclerc and told him, that he should look back on his victory with pride. The Briton said, “You should be very very proud. You drove like a Champion today.”

For Leclerc, getting praise of this magnitude from an F1 great is huge. He has often been tipped as a world champion in the making, and Stewart insisted that on Sunday, he drove like one.

Steward added that he cannot think of a driver winning a race in their “backyard” quite like Leclerc did. He was referring to the fact that Leclerc grew up watching the Monaco GP from his balcony, and all those years later, ended up being a winner there.

For Leclerc, it was an uneventful race, but that was all he was hoping for because, in the past, accidents and strategic errors made his home Grand Prix miserable. Now, his aim will be to ride high with Ferrari’s progress and aim to make winning a more regular habit.

Other drivers who congratulated Charles Leclerc on his maiden Monaco GP win 

After qualifying, the likes of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris conceded the fact that a win was out of reach, owing to the difficulties in overtaking around Monaco. The top 10 drivers all held their positions, which made Leclerc’s life easy as he coasted home towards his first home win.

The home crowd was delighted, as was the majority of the F1 community. Drivers too, hailed the Ferrari driver and one of the first to congratulate him was Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, and Pierre Gasly, all went over to Leclerc as soon as the race ended.

However, the one driver who hoped for Leclerc’s win even before the Grand Prix started was his teammate Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard drove a brilliant race, playing as a solid team player, and was even hyping up the crowd during the podium celebrations.

Post Edited By:Aishwary Gaonkar

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee


Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 editor at The SportsRush and has written more than 2000 articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and considers sports to be a part of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the legendary Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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