1996 World Champion Damon Hill senses “nervousness” in Charles Leclerc when he’s driving for the Ferrari crew.
Leclerc was no stranger to driving a aggressive Ferrari earlier than the 2022 season, having taken his first two victories in Ferrari crimson again in 2019, his first season with the crew.
That yr he additionally put his Ferrari on pole seven occasions.
It was not till 2022 although that Leclerc discovered himself in with a transparent shot at profitable his first Drivers’ Championship, profitable two of the opening three races.
Sadly although his problem has pale away, with Max Verstappen now going into the Singapore Grand Prix 116 factors away from Leclerc, and with a chance to seal his second title on the Marina Bay Road Circuit.
Errors and poor reliability on Ferrari’s half have contributed closely to Leclerc’s incapability to remain within the battle, although Leclerc himself has been removed from a passenger on this state of affairs.
His spin whereas chasing P2 at Imola price him helpful factors, Leclerc in the end ending P6, although it was at Paul Ricard the place probably the most vital harm was carried out, Leclerc crashing out of the lead of the French Grand Prix, an error all of his personal making.
And Hill believes that Leclerc is anxious when on the wheel of the Ferrari, whereas he doesn’t see this with Verstappen.
“I believe it’s that sense of consolation and confidence that Max has,” mentioned Hill on the F1 Nation podcast.
“I believe the primary time we interviewed him, and it’s this 17-year-old man, and he simply knew tips on how to deal with himself. He simply had a lot confidence. It was completely unbelievable for a 17-year-old.
“And Charles is a really charming, clever child, however he’s anxious. He’s received an nervousness there.”
Though 2008 was the final time that Ferrari tasted title glory by clinching the Constructors’ title, whereas Kimi Raikkonen is the latest Drivers’ Champion in Ferrari colors, reaching that in 2007, the Scuderia loved their biggest run alongside Michael Schumacher within the late Nineteen Nineties into the 2000s.
Between 2000-2004, Schumacher gained 5 Drivers’ titles in succession with Ferrari, whereas from 1999-2004, Ferrari gained all six Constructors’ Championships on provide.
It goes with out saying that Leclerc would like to open up a brand new cycle of dominance with Ferrari, although Hill made a comparability between Leclerc and Schumacher.
Leclerc is thought to be harsh on himself each time he makes an error, not hiding his frustration and blissful to apologise to the crew when he’s at fault.
Hill, who was no stranger to Schumacher out on the monitor, mentioned that the seven-time champ would by no means apologise like Leclerc does.
“I believed the primary time I heard him say, ‘I’m actually sorry guys, that was all my fault’, I simply thought ‘can’t think about Michael Schumacher saying that ever’,” mentioned Hill.
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