“I do feel responsible”- Charles Leclerc speaks on the recent setbacks which his team faced at Ferrari and bound departure of Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari is going through a rough patch, and apart from few odd moments of brilliance, the talented Charles Leclerc haven’t managed to pull something exceptional this season.
His recent disappointment was to finish without points and getting eliminated in Q2 at Spa. Thus, Leclerc feels he is responsible for the team and how eager he is to make things better.
Giving up isn’t an option. Disappointment makes us want to dig deeper.
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— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) September 1, 2020
Apart from this, he also mentioned about competing with Sebastian Vettel, who is also doing any great for Ferrari and is bound to leave by 2021, making Leclerc unofficially the primary driver at Ferrari.
“He has achieved so much more in the sport than I have. He is still a four-time world champion. It doesn’t feel like I have been given much more responsibility within the team now,” he said.
“But I also know that I am the one on the team with a long-term contract and that I have to help the team build a good future. So I do feel responsible for the development of the team.”
“Above all, it gives a lot of motivation. Driving for Ferrari has always been a dream for me, so it feels really good to be able to drive for the team now.”
“And especially now that the team is struggling, I am extra motivated to bring Ferrari back to the top. This is the first time in my career that I have been on a team for such a long time.”
“To help Ferrari get back to the top, the Monegask is at the Maranello factory more often than ever. “We’re trying to find out where things are going wrong at the moment and how we can improve the car.”
Charles Leclerc talked about Anthoine Hubert
During Belgian Grand Prix, tributes were paid to Hubert, who lost his life on the same track while competing in F2 event. Most of the young drivers in the paddock knew him personally for a while and were deeply affected.
Leclerc and Pierre Gasly were the most affected ones, and the 23-year-old driver looked back on his victory at Spa last year, on the same weekend when Hubert died, making it a difficult race for him.
“I lost a good friend on the track where I had to race myself a day later. I had never experienced that before. Lap after lap you drive past where he died. It was very difficult, but I was also very proud to be able to dedicate the win to him in the end.”