When Charles Leclerc signed with Scuderia Ferrari in 2019, he was considered as the newbie talent who got the chance to drive alongside four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel. But over the course of time, Charles has honed his skills to become one of the greatest drivers on the track right now. Currently paired with Carlos Sainz, Charles has delivered a brilliant performance in the all-new 2022 season of Formula 1.
According to former F1 driver Shinji Nakano, there is a critical difference between Charles Leclerc and Ferrari newcomer Carlos Sainz Jr. that sets apart the two talented racers.
In the current Championship season of Formula 1, Ferrari has come up as one of the leading teams because of their almost-perfect SF-75, that has been able to solve all the problems that have plagued their rival teams till now. While Mercedes have been facing a lot of issues with porpoising, and Red Bull has had reliability troubles with their RB-18, Ferrari have stayed consistent, and they are currently at the top of the Constructors’ Championship table.
Former F1 driver Shinji Nakano points out differences between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz signed with Ferrari at the end of the 2020 F1 season, and in his debut year at the Scuderia, the Spaniard showed his skills after scoring four podium finishes, and came 5th in the WDC Standings. Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc could not perform as well and he settled for P6 in the Drivers’ Championship table.
But in the current 2022 season, Charles Leclerc has taken all the opportunities that he could get, and has scored podiums in 4 out of the 5 races that have happened till now. The Monegasque is leading the Championship charts currently, and his teammate Carlos Sainz is in the 5th position.
Speaking of the two talented racers and their different driving styles, Shinji Nakano said, “Leclerc and Sainz use different techniques to stabilize their car in the slow corners. Leclerc uses an overlap between brake and gas. This can sometimes turn out right and sometimes wrong. With this technique you press the trottle just when the car gets a bit ‘nervous’. This is not good for fuel consumption or for your brakes, for example, but can be useful in some situations.”
Nakano further said, “Sainz, on the other hand, is a lot more traditional.” He pointed out how Carlos Sainz does not make use of his brakes and pull the throttle at the same time.