“I’m just extremely motivated,” Charles Leclerc takes inspiration from Max Verstappen’s impeccable drive at the Canadian GP

Charles Leclerc motivated with Max Verstappen's recent run of form and wishes to replicate it

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc(on the left) and Red Bull's Max Verstappen(on the right)
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc(on the left) and Red Bull's Max Verstappen(on the right)

The championship has completely flipped on its head for Charles Leclerc in the last two or three weekends. After establishing a comfortable lead in the championship, it’s been a complete turnaround for the Monegasque driver. All of it started at the Spanish GP where he had to retire out of the race due to an engine problem which was followed up by strategy disaster at his home Grand Prix.

When we thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Leclerc was in contention for the win in Baku but had to yet again retire out of another race after his power unit was damaged. What this meant that a grid penalty was looming over his head at the Canadian GP if Ferrari decided to give him a new turbo. That’s exactly what happened with Charles Leclerc starting at the last row of the grid.

While he has been struggling to string any sort of results, Max Verstappen has been producing results of the highest order week in and week out, and taking full advantage of Ferrari’s blemishes. After a tough start to the season, the reigning world champion has established a stranglehold on the driver’s championship. The Dutchman is now 46 points clear of Sergio Perez and 49 of Charles Leclerc.

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Charles Leclerc motivated with Max Verstappen’s recent run of form and wishes to replicate it

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

But, Charles Leclerc has not let his shoulders go down and has taken inspiration from Max’s performances on the contrary. After the Canadian GP, he said, “It motivates me, because I know the pace is in my car. “I’m not worried, I’m just extremely motivated to finally have a clean weekend and show that we are here and that we are strong.”

“Obviously, Red Bull also had a few problems. So definitely, reliability is going to be a big thing.” 

“But that’s what we need. Whenever we have more difficult weekends, like this weekend, just to go and take some good points. That’s what we did,” as reported by racingnews365.

It’s a tall order for any driver to overturn a deficit of 49 points but if you had to put your money on someone to do it, it has to be Charles Leclerc after the kind of promising season he has had.

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