Formula 1 | Leclerc became a 2.0 version of himself this year according to Marc Gene
With a victory in Bahrain and a second place in Jeddah, Charles Leclerc is having an almost perfect start to the season and so far seems to have all the qualities necessary to compete for the drivers’ title this season.
Marc Gene, Scuderia Ferrari ambassador and himself a former F1 driver, sees big changes in the approach of the Monegasque in 2022.
“Charles used to be a very emotional driver and that has changed a lot this year. He has become a kind of 2.0 version of himself. realizing that he had changed his mindset and mentality. »
« In Bahrain, I expected to see Charles a lot more excited after he took pole position and won the race, but he seemed a lot more mature and grounded because he knows the championship will be long. «
For Gene, the calm displayed within the Scuderia is one of the keys allowing the Italian team to shine at the start of the season.
« I think Mattia (Binotto), Charles and Carlos (Sainz) are very important to keep the emotions under control, which tend to be expressed very strongly among us Italians.
« So I leave this role to the tifosi. But the three main characters of this team, namely the director and the two drivers, do not express their emotions. Mattia is half Swiss and Carlos gets his calm from his father. «
While the Spaniard doesn’t imagine Ferrari enjoying a period of dominance as long as that of Mercedes F1, he believes the Scuderia are poised to win in this new era of the sport.
« I think Mercedes have enjoyed the longest period of dominance in F1 history. But Ferrari and the people who make it up are ready for this new era. »
“I always say that you learn more from the complicated years and now that we have a good car, I think we are ready because these are the same people who had a complicated period.