Monaco triumph gives Leclerc more momentum

Henry

After a few top starting place disappointments, Charles Leclerc finally smoked the pipe in the Monaco Grand Prix when he won Sunday’s race in the streets of Monte Carlo.

“It is a very difficult race and I have already started at the front twice before without converting my good position into a victory. This victory means an incredible amount to me,” said the Ferrari racer after the checkered flag was waved for him.

According to Fred Vasseur, Leclerc was much more at ease in the run-up to this year’s race.

“Last year the nerves gnawed a bit and he was under pressure (to perform). This year he was calmer and he was more in control of things,” said the Ferrari team boss.

In Monaco you can’t just overtake an opponent and Vasseur admits that it was probably not the most exciting race of all time.

“After the red flag we knew that we had to manage the race car’s tires to the best of our ability. So we had to complete 76 rounds with the same set of tires.”

Leclerc became the first Monegasque in 93 years to walk away with the laurels in Monte Carlo. Louis Chiron last stood on the top step of the podium in 1931.

Vasseur believes that the 26-year-old racer’s triumph will give his self-confidence a definite boost.

“A victory in Monaco has been like a mountain in front of him for a few years and I believe that he will now also approach the other races with a more positive attitude. Charles has now definitely taken a step in the right direction.”

Leclerc is currently second in the official drivers’ standings, 31 points clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.