Michael Schumacher: Charles Leclerc makes Ferrari revelation ahead of Monaco Grand Prix


Leclerc is only the third ever Monegasque to take to the F1 grid and the 21-year-old is hoping for a special weekend.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s practice sessions the Ferrari driver recalled seeing Michael Schumacher in his Prancing Horse drive around Monaco at his first F1 race.

“My first memory of the Grand Prix I was probably about four, something like this and I always kept this image in my head,” he said.

“I was at a friend’s apartment out of Turn 1, playing with the small cars, watching the Grand Prix at the same time.

“I think Michael was in Ferrari.

“Watching obviously more the red cars than others.

“And yeah, just enjoying, dreaming of being there one day.”

Sunday will mark his second ever Monaco Grand Prix and the young driver is hoping for a “very good result” after seeing his race ended early by a collision last year.

“A home Grand Prix is always a very special weekend,” he said.

“And even more this weekend, obviously, coming here in full red with Ferrari, with also a chance to have a very good result, so we’ll push.

“It’s a huge honour for me to be driving on these streets.

“It’s actually pretty weird, because these are the same streets I took in the bus to go to school when I was five or six years old.

“So now to take them in a Formula 1 car feels special.”

The circuit at Moncao has seen two-thirds of the track resurfaced this season along with the addition of a special high-grip surface added to the Nouvelle chicane.

All the drivers will get a chance to see what impact this new surface will have on track conditions during the practice sessions, in what will also be the first appearance of Pirelli’s softest tyre compound.

Leclerc currently sits fifth in the driver standings on 57 points, seven points behind his team-mate Sebastian Vettel in fourth and 55 points off the leader, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.


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