Charles Leclerc has picked the World Championship over the Monaco Grand Prix. T his was not an obvious decision given that Leclerc has never managed to finish in his hometown of Monaco. The valuable hopes of winning a world championship, on the other hand, can dazzle and devastate many. Every driver, unsurprisingly, grows up hoping to win a championship at some point in their lives.
As a Monegasque, Leclerc undeniably wishes to win at the Circuit de Monaco someday. To date, the 24-year-old has not successfully completed a race in the country. In fact, amidst crashing the car on the final hot lap, the Ferrari driver started on pole position in 2021. Nevertheless, a left driveshaft problem prevented the team from even getting his car to join the race.
While the driver has pushed exceptionally well this year, he has not been without misfortune. The Ferrari driver had to retire his car after leading for several laps in the previous race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya during the Spanish Grand Prix, due to a power unit issue.
Charles Leclerc takes his pick
Notwithstanding the fact of not finishing the previous race, the driver is confident of winning in Monaco. In a recent interview ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Leclerc stated that while a world title is crucial, so is Monaco, and he needs to begin by getting a victory at Monaco. “I really love Monaco but if I had to keep only one, it would be the world title. But it’s not like I really have a choice (laughs), so I’ll try to do both in order by first winning here and then the championship. Seems like the right compromise to me,” said Leclerc.
🎙| “Charles, if you had to choose between the championship and a win in Monaco?”
Charles 🗣: “I love Monaco, but if I only had one, I’d pick the championship.”
“I’ll try to do both in order, first by winning here, then the championship. Seems like the right compromise to me.” pic.twitter.com/g5zmcTBBdt
— Ferrari News (@FanaticsFerrari) May 25, 2022
Leclerc will try to rectify the fact that he has never completed a race at his home Grand Prix. Several aficionados will be hoping for his first victory at the track, as he presently trails behind Max Verstappen by a mere 6 points. Amidst Leclerc’s large lead over the Dutchman, rapid Red Bull advancements quickly caught up.
Relying exclusively on Charles’ performance, the driver has got a majority of pole positions in the last six races. In fact, he delivered an unforgettable lap in Spain, where he spun around and ended up losing valuable time. However, with a few seconds remaining on the timer, Leclerc pulled off an incredible lap and took pole from Verstappen, who was also plagued by DRS issues during the qualifying session as well as during the main race.