Final season, Charles Leclair solely took the rostrum twice and completed the championship with 98 factors in eighth place within the particular person competitors. Regardless of the outcomes, the Ferrari driver considers the previous yr to achieve success – and believes that he has realized loads …
Q: In 2020, you did not have pole positions and race victories. Why is that this season higher than 2019?
Charles Leclair: Actually, the 2020 season was a lot better than 2019, as a result of not like final yr, I didn’t miss the alternatives that appeared on the tracks.
However, the season turned out to be troublesome, because the pace of the automotive didn’t meet expectations. Nevertheless, I used to be secure and commonly gave my finest.
Query: Mattia Binotto believes that you simply nonetheless must discover ways to maintain feelings beneath management …
Charles Leclair: On the one hand, due to my aggressive actions, I misplaced the rostrum in Turkey and had an accident within the second race in Bahrain. Alternatively, aggressive piloting allowed me to earn much more factors than we anticipated.
Q: What did you handle so as to add prior to now season?
Charles Leclair: I took a giant step ahead in working with rubber. Apart from, I’ve realized to be affected person and now I don’t demand the whole lot without delay.
Q: Did you draw conclusions from the errors made prior to now season?
Charles Leclair: I be taught from my errors each time. In Austria, we bumped into Sebastian. Within the second race in Bahrain, I used to be improper once more, though there was no must strive in any respect prices to overhaul an opponent who nonetheless has a sooner automotive.
Q: You haven’t but stated in regards to the race to Turkey, the place on the final lap you misplaced your house on the rostrum …
Charles Leclair: That occurs. I wished to complete as excessive as attainable in a race that was going properly for me. I did one among my finest races, however I made a mistake … You can hear on the radio how indignant I used to be.
Q: What’s your finest second of the previous season?
Charles Leclair: Qualifying lap on the second stage in Bahrain. The circle is ideal.
Q: What did you be taught from two seasons with Sebastian Vettel on the identical group?
Charles Leclair: It was very useful to see how he works with the group. As well as, he was very quick and always pushed me ahead.
Query: What do you anticipate from cooperation with new accomplice Carlos Sainz?
Charles Leclair: I spotted that you could combat with a accomplice, however on the similar time preserve good relations with him outdoors the observe. I believe Carlos agrees with me on this. After we shut the visor of our helmet, we need to be the quickest.
Q: How properly are you aware Carlos?
Charles LeclairA: Not excellent but, however I believe we’ll get alongside.
Q: Are you mates with different riders?
Charles Leclair: After all. I all the time draw a line between what occurs on the observe and past. I’ve an excellent relationship with Pierre Gasly, however we had been mates even earlier than becoming a member of Formulation 1.
Query At one time, Enzo Ferrari stated that victory is dependent upon the automotive 50% and 50% on the driving force. Have the numbers modified now?
Charles LeclairA: Over time, the scenario has modified, however I do not assume it has been drastically. One can’t be with out the opposite. Lewis Hamilton wins not solely as a result of he has the perfect automotive at his disposal, but additionally as a result of he can get probably the most out of it.
Q: You might be nonetheless younger, however you already needed to undergo the lack of family members – Jules Bianchi, father, Antoine Hubert. How did you take care of all this?
Charles Leclair: The loss of life of Jules was a shock for me, which was troublesome to simply accept. The lack of my father, who helped me loads in the beginning of my profession, was additionally onerous. His absence compelled me to develop up, I took duty, started to develop as an individual.
The lack of Antoine was simply as onerous to take care of because the lack of Jules. What occurred jogged my memory of how harmful what we’re doing.
Query: How did you’re feeling whenever you noticed Roman Grosjean’s automotive on fireplace? Did not you have got any concern of getting again behind the wheel?
Charles Leclair: There was no concern, however I used to be apprehensive about Roman.
Query: When do you perceive what outcomes the brand new automotive will likely be able to?
Charles Leclair: Somebody says that it’s sufficient for him to get within the automotive and drive a number of laps. Actually, the numbers on the stopwatch are essential to me, when everybody assaults in full power.