Leclerc Reveals How Much Time He Needed To ‘Understand’ Ferrari

Charles Leclerc has reflected on his time with Ferrari in Formula 1, revealing that he felt “comfortable from the beginning” but needed the best part of a year to understand the Scuderia.

Leclerc joined the Maranello-based team in 2019 after just a single season in the pinnacle of motorsport with Alfa Romeo.

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Speaking on the Beyond The Grid podcast, the Monegasque driver said: “I was comfortable from the beginning, I had a lot of things to learn, but it felt like I’d known them straight away – on the social relationships.

“Then to feel comfortable in the way such a big team works? Probably nearly a year, I will say.

“Nearly a year to understand exactly the dynamics of the team, how you face issues, how you react to those problems. Yes, probably almost a year.

“It is a long time. Yes, yes, it is a very, very long time but it’s very, very interesting.

“To live it feels a lot shorter and you can feel all the steps, and every time you are learning something and you apply it you are just getting a better understanding of how everything works. Also, you feel more in control of the situation,” he added.

Asked how gaining more experience in Formula 1 has changed him as a driver, Leclerc said he has undoubtedly improved over the last few years.

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“I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a driver, as a person,” he said.

“How much better? It’s difficult to quantify, but I definitely feel a better driver compared to when I first arrived.

“Just how much detail we are going into after every difficult race, but every good race we’ve had…it’s made it very interesting. 

“It’s a sport where I am always learning and I think everyone on the grid is learning every time they get into the car.”

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