Leclerc credits father for F1 career – “His example was fundamental for my growth”

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc credited his father for his F1 career, saying his guidance and support helped him reach where he was today.

Leclerc is a product of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and is one of the most talented drivers on the grid today. He has the GP3 and Formula 2 titles in his cabinet, and is a two-time race winner in F1.

At 24 years of age, the Monegasque has achieved a lot, and has time on his side to grow even further. He is just like his father Hervé, who raced in Formula 3 in the 1980s and 1990s, but he passed away in 2017 before his son made it to F1.

Leclerc credited his father for his F1 career, saying his guidance and support played a big part in his career.

“My father introduced me to motorsport so I don’t know if I would have become what I am if it weren’t for him,” Leclerc said in an interview for the official Ferrari Magazine.

“Even though I think maybe I would have ended up as a racing driver anyway, since it’s in my DNA. It’s what I love doing the most. But I don’t think I would have made it to Formula 1 without him.

Charles Leclerc on the grid at Zandvoort.
Leclerc (pictured) is an F1 stalwart thanks to his father. Source: planetf1.com

“His example was fundamental for my growth as a driver, as much as a person.”

Runs in the family

In addition to Charles, his younger brother Arthur Leclerc is also part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. He is looking to enter F1 like his elder sibling.

Arthur will contest his second season in Formula 3. He will remain with Prema for the 2022 campaign on the back of two wins in his first season.

Charles’ 2022 begins with Ferrari taking on the new regulations. He will look to bounce back from a lacklustre 2021, where he finished seventh after losing out to his teammate.

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