Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc says he is no longer reluctant to adapt the Italian outfit’s 2019 Formula 1 car to suit his driving style, having been “a little bit intimidated” at the start of the year. Charles, who joined the Italian side from Sauber for his second season in F1 this year, is currently on a streak of four successive podiums, and has led Ferrari’s efforts in the latest races in France, Austria and Great Britain.
Speaking ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the Monegasque racer said he had made a change to the way he worked with the Ferrari SF90 around the time of the Paul Ricard race, and believes this allowed him to extract more performance.
“I think before France it was more myself that was adapting to the car, after that I think we change a little bit the approach and I think I adapted a bit more the car to my driving,” Leclerc explained. – “So then I could drive a little bit more naturally, which helped me.”
Asked why he he hadn’t been working in that way prior to the Paul Ricard weekend, Charles Leclerc said: “You know, arriving in such a big team, obviously when I arrived it was only my second year in Formula 1, you are a little bit intimidated – or I was a little bit intimidated. And to straight away arrive and say ‘okay, I want this, this and this’ was not the way I wanted to start this relationship. So at first I wanted to understand the car, try to adapt my driving as much as possible to the car. At one point, I managed to do good things adapting my driving style, but then I felt that there was more performance by trying to put the car a little bit more into my direction, and this has helped the performance since then.” – Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc concluded, ahead of the 2019 German Grand Prix.