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Overview 2021 – Charles Leclerc, a Rock that also must be polished

These 2021 stories are additionally a possibility so that you can price every pilot, utilizing the module on the backside of this text.

The 2019 and 2020 seasons, Charles Leclerc’s first two at Ferrari, highlighted a quick, aggressive driver who clearly dominates his teammate. Nevertheless, the Monegasque’s 2021 marketing campaign has differed considerably, and Leclerc has even disillusioned. His pace was not broken, as evidenced by the pole positions in Monaco and Azerbaijan, nonetheless his standing as a strongman of the Scuderia was disputed by his new accomplice: Carlos Sainz.

From a statistical perspective, the Spaniard took the ascendancy as he completed the 12 months in fifth place within the championship, simply behind the Purple Bull and Mercedes drivers. However past the numbers, it’s already rather more tough to present the benefit to the son of the double World Rally Champion since his teammate has skilled rather more frustration.

Not like Sainz, who was very blissful to win a podium on the inexperienced carpet in Hungary for instance, Leclerc was usually unsuccessful this 12 months. Past the pile-up through which he was caught on this identical Hungarian race, we will solely consider his heartbreaking abandonment even earlier than the beginning of the Monaco Grand Prix when he occupied pole place. As a result of, given the problem of overtaking within the streets of the Principality, victory was fairly doable for the regional stage.

As well as, the latter additionally got here shut to a different success a couple of weeks later, in Nice Britain. Leclerc actually didn’t have the quickest automobile, however the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen initially gave him the keys to the race. He held onto these keys firmly for the following 49 laps however was finally worn out by a supercharged Hamilton within the ultimate kilometers. This ultimate second place, which additionally marked his return to the rostrum after a 12 months of hardship, lastly tasted extra bitter than candy.

One other disappointment, that of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Leclerc was as soon as once more ranging from pole place however this time it was the race tempo of his SF21 that failed him. Regardless of the benefit supplied by the main place and the clear air, the Ferrari driver crossed the end line in a disappointing fourth place.

However Leclerc will not be exempt from all reproach up to now. It is a trait that had already characterised him in 2019 and 2020, the Monegasque as soon as once more dedicated gross driving errors and suffered a number of accidents. Is it essential to recall that his abandonment in Monaco was an unlucky consequence of his accident the day earlier than, on the finish of Q3, when he already had the perfect time of the session? The Ferrari driver additionally visited the rail very often in free observe (at Imola, Spa and Jeddah), ruined his race and that of Pierre Gasly on the Styrian GP and was stunned like a rookie by shedding management of his single-seater underneath the impact of the aerodynamic disturbances of Max Verstappen on the exit of the pits in Abu Dhabi.

To concentrate on the sport internally, throughout the first half of the season, Leclerc had dominated a nonetheless groping Sainz within the qualifying (Eight-Three) and within the race (6-Three). The image was rather more nuanced throughout the second a part of the season, which corresponds to the rise of Sainz. In qualifying, Leclerc was now not so good (6-5) and, even when he was probably the most profitable within the race (Eight-Three), Sainz beat him by the variety of podiums (Zero-2).

Sainz has solely had one 12 months to make his mark in Italy however the Spaniard impressed, taking fifth place within the championship, and there’s no doubt that he’ll progress additional in 2022. In the long run, the hegemony of Charles Leclerc in Maranello, which began when he arrived in 2019, could already be over.


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