Interview with Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc’s older brother, Lorenzo and his younger brother, Arthur:
Lorenzo Leclerc: “When I am at a race where Charles or Arthur are driving, I am very, very nervous. I’m living the thing 200%!”
Lorenzo Leclerc on meeting Jules Bianchi: “In a way, it all happened a bit by chance. Hervé (Leclerc) and Philippe (Bianchi) were childhood friends and we went to see them one day when it was raining. We met the Bianchi family, including Jules. Jules was 13 at that time but was already living on another planet. I wasn’t bad [at karting], but Jules was always 3 or 4 tenths faster. On a good day, I was just 2.5 tenths slower…”
Lorenzo: “I did a few competitions. But I quickly realized that I would not have a career as a driver, because there is a fairly significant budget problem. This sport has always been very expensive & it is quite difficult to manage to make a living from it. I take on the role of the big brother and to a certain extent of manager, even if I don’t like the word. I accompany Arthur in his passion and his career. On the one hand because he is my little brother but also because it always fascinated me.”
Arthur Leclerc: “The three of us are very close. Lorenzo accompanies me to races, we also often talk to Charles even if we see each other less now. As soon as we get a chance to get together, we does it with my mother. We are a very close-knit family. Family is very important. On track I like to be in my own bubble, with just me. The only communication is with my engineer and my team. But it’s good to have Lorenzo with me. He is always there to tale my mikd off when there is a bad moment.”
Arthur: “I always try to be honest with someone, I will not try to “hide”. My father was like that with me. Whenever I did something bad, he told me and so I think I am similar. Always be honest with yourself and the people around you!”
Does Charles give you many advices?
Arthur: “Outside a race week, we talk a bit about motorsport but not too much. We try to leave that out a bit, because we already spent so much time in that world. Managing to take a step back feels good. Especially after a year like that, it felt good to take a step back to come back stronger.”
Do you often fight each other virtually (racing)?
Arthur: “We fight quite often virtually. We are all competitive. All three of us want to come in first regardless of the sport or game. We have fun doing it all the time. It is often very close (laughs).”