Final 12 months, Leclerc crashed into his then Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel initially of the Styrian Grand Prix after which clashed with Sergio Perez’s Racing Level on the primary lap of the Sakhir GP, with Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen additionally going off because of that incident.
On each events Leclerc retired because of the contact and he defined on the finish of the season that he had been intentionally making an attempt to make aggressive race begins to make up for the deficiencies of Ferrari’s 2020 package deal.
When requested if he was once more going to must be prepared to take dangers to enhance Ferrari’s probabilities in races in 2021 within the pre-event press convention for this weekend’s Bahrain GP, Leclerc mentioned: “Let’s wait and see the place we’re once more as a result of I believe there are optimistic indicators from the check.
“After which we are going to see for positive from Saturday onwards. However I believe I’ll most likely select my fights just a little bit higher.
“Final 12 months, in case you take right here [in the Sakhir GP] for instance, I used to be combating with a Pink Bull, which wouldn’t have been attainable to maintain behind for the remainder of the race.
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“In order that was a bit foolish to have a crash at that time of the race for these kind of positions that we wouldn’t have been capable of hold anyway.
“However, on many different events it helped us to attain higher outcomes.
“So, I’ll select my fights higher, but when I’ve to be aggressive at one level to get higher outcomes I’ll do it.”
Leclerc reiterated his clarification that his 2020 crashes had been the results of “a tough second for the workforce” and mentioned that he was “simply extraordinarily motivated to do one thing particular and that motivation translated in crashes on the observe – which was not nice”.
He added that he mirrored closely on these incidents “as I’ve achieved previously with my errors”.
“I at all times attempt to perceive why I’ve achieved them and attempt to not do them once more,” Leclerc mentioned.
“So I’ll nonetheless be as motivated to try to do nice outcomes.
“And we’ll must see the place we’re at precisely to adapt my aggressivity on observe, however in fact I’ll attempt to not reproduce this kind of mistake.”