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Charles Leclerc Speaks Out Following French Grand Prix Crash Out

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Charles Leclerc Speaks Out Following French Grand Prix Crash Out

Charles Leclerc’s championship aspirations took a devastating blow at the French GP after his retirement, so the Monegasque intends to spend time alone until this weekend’s action.

As quoted by gpfans.com, Leclerc spoke about his mindset as the first half of the season comes to an end in Hungary:

“I’m going to close myself at home and only go out when I have [to take] the plane for Budapest.

“I just want to stay alone.”

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The 24-year-old’s dejection is understandable, given that his mistake in Paul Ricard means he must overcome a staggering 63-point deficit to Max Verstappen if he is to take this year’s Championship.

It must be stressed that Ferrari’s own mistakes (poor reliability, strategic errors) have played a far more significant role in Verstappen developing such a comfortable lead in the standings.

With that said, Leclerc will be painfully aware of his own blunders. His spin in Imola cost him a podium position, whilst his crash out in France provides Red Bull with a welcome and significant margin for error in the remaining ten rounds this year.

Leclerc’s comments post-race were a brutally honest self-assessment, providing an insight into how critically he judges himself and the standards he expects to meet.

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For the sake of his performance and general well-being in the second half of the season, Leclerc must find the balance between demanding the most from himself and being excessively judgemental.

Leclerc has performed admirably this season, but in a sport where fine margins can be so significant, his mistake in Paul Ricard could prove detrimental to his ambitions for this season. 

Defeating Max Verstappen in a future Championship battle will certainly require Leclerc to eliminate these errors, as the Dutchman has demonstrated an ability to consistently perform at the highest level throughout a campaign.


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Formula 1

Jaden Diaz-Ndisang
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