Charles Leclerc has revealed how Sebastian Vettel confirmed him a special degree of dedication to life as a Ferrari driver in Components 1.
Leclerc and four-time World Champion Vettel spent two seasons as Ferrari team-mates collectively after the Monegasque driver handed his rookie check with flying colors at Sauber in 2018.
The 2 didn’t at all times see eye-to-eye on observe, with collisions on the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix clear stand-outs in what was a heated rivalry at occasions.
Nonetheless, there was and nonetheless is loads of respect between the 2 drivers, their bond little doubt turning into stronger as they each battled with a particularly uncompetitive SF1000 in 2020 which handed Ferrari their worst end within the Constructors’ Championship in 4 a long time (P6).
However, it was in Leclerc’s first season with the Ferrari workforce when Vettel gave him a little bit little bit of a wake-up name by way of dedication and dedication.
“He’s the toughest employee within the F1 paddock, for positive,” Leclerc is quoted as having informed Motorsport-Magazin.
“After I got here from Alfa Sauber, I arrived casually within the morning and he had already been sitting within the workplace for an hour and a half.
“I took this strategy from him, as a result of now I additionally arrive fairly early and go away very late.
“However when it occurred for the primary time I requested myself: Why does he do this? What does he want a lot time for?
“With extra expertise and the extra I talked to him, the extra I noticed that there are little particulars that I didn’t maintain originally, however he did.
“That has made a distinction. I realized lots of issues from him.
“Particularly at that time in my profession, once I was nonetheless very younger, it was good to have an skilled driver like Seb by my aspect.”
Each Vettel and Leclerc have skilled troublesome occasions as Ferrari drivers, however Leclerc doesn’t really feel their conditions are comparable.
“After I made the errors I didn’t need to compensate for something [like a bad car],” Leclerc concluded.
“I simply wished to do effectively in Imola. Then in France I made a mistake, however that might have occurred anyplace.
“I at all times attempt to go to the restrict. There was the large mistake in France, the smaller one in Imola however I can’t change that anymore.
“I’ve the sensation that there’s extra discuss it than vital. Positive, the factors hole is large, however as I stated, now we have to enhance as a workforce on Sunday.”
Leclerc additionally revealed that he and Vettel nonetheless communicate to at the present time and, just like the overwhelming majority of individuals, will miss having him on the grid from subsequent season and past.
He stated: “We don’t ship one another messages each week, however when one thing comes up, we at all times textual content one another.
“And I feel we’ll all miss him. Seb is a really, very good and actually pleasant individual. Everybody will miss him within the paddock.”
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