Charles Leclerc has confessed that the GP and the parties that followed exceeded all of his childhood dreams, with Ferrari’s new protagonist hailed as a’national treasure’ following his success.
Leclerc was roared on throughout his epic force in Ferrari’s home race and, even after a enormous exhale of humor upon the flag, that the 21-year-old was greeted by a sea of red and the renowned Tifosi as he stepped to the podium since the Scuderia’s initial Monza race-winner as 2010.
Leclerc, a Ferrari fan from the age of five, grew up dreaming about winning races in red – but nothing prepared him for this.
“It has gone past all of dreams I had as a young child,” said Leclerc. “To view all of the people for one group, singing altogether – it’s amazing.
“I’ve never been around a podium with all these people underneath it and to see that the whole straight was filled with people – 99 percent reddish – it was good to see. Hearing them cheering, singing… there was just a lot of emotions.”
Leclerc was heralded after his Monza masterclass, together with the child since Valtteri Bottas, and then Lewis Hamilton, threw everything to find past withstanding a Mercedes barrage.
Even Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insisted:”Ferrari have an upcoming good.”
Leclerc confessed his defence against Hamilton had been”really on the limitation”, but also that he’d do anything to never let this chance pass. There is in addition to the podium in the front of this Tifosi A Ferrari driver just one of the great scenes of F1, and Leclerc understandably found it hard to stay focused in the closing stages of this race.
“On the last two laps I started to find in the grandstand that there was really a lot of agitation, which each one of the fans were jumping,” he said.
“So yeah, I was telling myself’stop taking a look at the grandstand, examine the monitor, focus on what you are doing as a driver and you can enjoy whatever there’s outside.’
“But it was quite tricky to remain concentrated on driving, seeing just how much movement there was at the grandstand.”
Leclerc added to Sky F1:”It is the first time in my career I actually look at the grandstand when forcing, that is normally not so good but I just had no choice.
“They were just jumping and cheering all race , it was amazing to see. Merely to triumph here feels very, very unique.”
The Ferrari success of leclerc did earn praise from fans, drivers and team managers – but also from Italy’s newspapers on Monday.
He was heralded by la Gazzetta dello Sport as a’national treasure’.
Corriere dello Sport crowned’king’ Leclerc, while also asserting the age had begun.
Leclerc became the second-youngest motorist in Ferrari’s history when he joined this year following a dazzling rookie season in F1 and said wins like Monza revealed he was”more prepared than some folks thought”.
“It’s never been an easy start to the summer, there has been some mistakes,” he told reporters on Sunday night. “But I think I’ve grown.
“I knew that the critics of this past year, me being too young. Season in Ferrari and also in Formula 1 was for certain.
“I thank Ferrari for believing in me. I am quite happy to have these kind of results to demonstrate than some people thought I was more prepared.
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