Charles Leclerc’s drive to Acquire a fantastic Italian GP was hailed as”Outstanding” from Sky F1’s Martin Brundle after the Child held off both Mercedes, to the Joy of the raucous Ferrari fans at Monza.
Leclerc promised victory from pole but was under a constant danger from the Mercedes, first viewing off Lewis Hamilton after a few enthralling wheel-to-wheel conflicts – with the tournament leader forced off the track at the same stage – before then remaining before Valtteri Bottas in the final stages.
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This was Ferrari’s first success at their home Grand Prix since Fernando Alonso at 2010.
“I’m very happy I saw that drive firsthand,” said Brundle.
“It was an extraordinary drive. The most intense stress, he retained it all together.”
Nico Rosberg, the 2016 world champion and also long-time competitor to Hamilton, stated:”An unbelievable drive. I understand because I’d Lewis in my gearbox like I do not know the number of 24, how he felt at that car. The stress Lewis puts on when he’s there, you can’t create the tiniest of mistakes.
“Leclerc created one small mistake but he rescued it beautifully, shielded it was perfect.”
Rosberg added:”Today is the sort of drive in which he showed he could and probably will soon be a Ferrari world champion in the next couple of years as soon as the car allows him to perform it.”
Leclerc withstands the pressure
With all the Mercedes driver arguing that he had been given no room when seeking to overtake leclerc was handed a flag, the F1 equal of a warning, after his tussle with Hamilton.
“He was also a lone ranger out there with both Mercedes coming ,” added Brundle. “He had been pushing his luck driving standards, but’shoving his luck’ is fine and he got away with all of that. He brought it home – he needed to get his elbows out or he was not likely to have the success.”
Brundle added of this now back-to-back soul winner:”He’s currently driving in the most beautiful way.”
Leclerc’s composure under pressure impressed his team boss, Mattia Binotto.
“He believes the pressure as a increase and certainly he’s driving really well,” explained Binotto. “After the summer break he’s driving superbly and we could observe just how he defended the rankings today.”
After a few victory near-misses in the first half of the year, most especially in Bahrain when his car failed and then Austria after he was overtaken by Max Verstappen Leclerc has won on successive race evenings.
“You understand to manage pressure. He had the car he can do it , in Austria he struggled a little bit more Now.
“However, the significant thing for me is the normal a personality that he is. I have done an interview on Thursday and in the close of the interview that he thanked me to say’I had been content with how that travelled’.
“He just seemed so up for what he needed to do that weekend.”