Leclerc reveals Ferrari victory at Monza “gave me chills”

Alex Kalinauckas

After starting from pole, Leclerc survived sustained pressure from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton throughout the race, which he eventually won ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton completing the podium. It was Leclerc’s second career F1 victory and his second in a week after he beat Hamilton to take a breakthrough win at Spa.

“It’s very difficult to find the words to describe what I felt during this race [at Monza],” said Leclerc, who was speaking on-stage at Autosport International 2020. “I had a lot of pressure – the whole team had a lot of pressure – because obviously we were in Italy, Ferrari is huge in Italy, and everyone wanted us to win so there was big pressure around the whole team.

Race winner Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, celebrates on the podium

Race winner Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, celebrates on the podium Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Podium: race winner Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Podium: race winner Charles Leclerc, Ferrari Alessio Morgese / Luca Rossini

Alessio Morgese / Luca Rossini

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Leclerc’s wins during the 2019 season made him the 39th driver to have won world championship races for Ferrari. 

When asked if he now feels part of Ferrari’s rich history now that he has achieved F1 success with the team, Leclerc said: “Yeah, definitely. The fans make me feel this way and it’s great to feel that way, but then of course, whenever I stand next to Mario [Andretti] or legends like this I don’t feel at the right place, but now it’s up to me to do the job on the track and to try and show my abilities.”