Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc has confirmed that he is not planning to change his approach to voicing his thoughts on the Maranello team’s strategy decisions.
The Italian side has been severely criticised for several strategy calls that were undeniably wrong, with the matter becoming especially annoying during the previous championship, when Charles Leclerc lost the race win in Monte Carlo, Silverstone and at the Hungaroring due to the poor strategy decisions made by the Maranello pit wall led by Inaki Rueda last year.
Yet, when questioned on the Beyond The Grid podcast if he believes he should take more control on this type of calls, Charles Leclerc confirmed the confidence that his current approach is the right one.
“I am really vocal within the team of what I want, and this I think is the right approach. So, this I won’t change. I won’t be more vocal outside the car because I don’t care what people really think. What I care [about] is that I’m feeling good with myself, doing the absolute best within the team to improve things, and this is my main focus.” – the Monegasque driver explained.
Similarly to how he does not intend to become more vocal outside of the car, the Ferrari man intends to maintain this same attitude whilst behind the SF-23 wheel. At the same time, the five-time race winner feels that a collaborative approach between himself and the Maranello team is the ideal option to secure the best possible results in the future:
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“In terms of being more vocal once I’m in the car and taking more in hand the decision, I don’t think this is the way forward,” Charles Leclerc added – “Because people don’t understand how little information we have in the car about the whole situation during a race. I strongly believe that if we get better as a team and, when I say as a team, it’s everybody involved. Speaking about strategy, looking at the strategy, this is when we will be the best all together, that’s where we will win the World Championship. We won’t win a World Championship if I am making the decisions on my own in the car, this is not how it works. So, on that, I’m convinced. So I’ll keep this approach.” – the Monegasque Formula 1 driver concluded.