This season, Charles Leclair is confidently ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. In Portimao, the Ferrari driver told how he was able to add compared to last year …
Q: Charles, you raced the Algarve in 2015 in Formula 3. How will the upcoming race differ from the one in which you participated five years ago?
Charles Leclair: To be honest, that weekend turned out to be bad for me, and I hardly remember the track. I recently worked on a simulator and I can say that the track is difficult, with a lot of “blind” turns. Driving Formula 1 will definitely be more difficult than driving Formula 3. On the one hand, it will be difficult, on the other – I’m looking forward to the opportunity to quickly go to the track.
Question: Which track would you add that is not included in the 2020 calendar?
Charles Leclair: I would add the North Loop and Macau. Brands Hatch is also a great choice – I really like this track. I drove a lot of races on it on the Playstation 2!
Q: In what components have you managed to add this season?
Charles Leclair: I changed my approach to work a little. I don’t think he made me faster, but I was able to give my all 100% in every session.
Last year, I was more relaxed about training and attacked with full force only in qualifying. As a result, I did not always manage to cleanly drive a fast lap in qualifying. This season, I try to give my best in the first training session. This approach was beneficial. Every rider is looking for an opportunity to improve.
Q: Many riders complain about the system of penalty points, but you have relatively few of them. For example, you were not fined at Spa for training in the wrong place, although Lewis Hamilton received a fine for this. You did not receive penalty points for colliding with Lance Stroll in Sochi. In Spain, you were not fined for driving a lap without a seat belt. Can we say that luck is on your side in dealing with stewards?
Charles Leclair: I dont know. In Spain, I explained the reasons in detail, as the incident was initially ambiguous, so I don’t think I was lucky.
My situation in Spa was very different from that of Lewis in Sochi. As far as the incident with Lance is concerned, I may have been really lucky to avoid the fine, but in other cases it is not so simple.