Max and Leclerc ‘hated’ each other during karting days

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Max and Leclerc ‘hated’ each other during karting days

Charles Leclerc has revealed he and Max Verstappen “hated one another” throughout their karting days as the 2 now battle for the Formulation 1 World Championship.

After three races, the 2022 Formulation 1 World Championship seems to already be shaping right into a two horse race.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc leads the way in which having put in a near-perfect begin to the season and the one man who appears in a position to maintain tempo with him is Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman could also be sixth within the Drivers Championship, 46 factors behind Leclerc, however supplied Pink Bull can repair the reliability points which have dogged their season up to now it stands to purpose that with doubtlessly 20 races left on the calendar, there may be ample alternative for Verstappen to shut the hole.

It’s a rivalry that has performed out earlier than although as the 2 got here up via the karting system collectively and whereas their performances on the observe this season have up to now been respectful, Leclerc hinted that was not all the time the case.

“It will be very shut,” Leclerc stated of this season’s title race. “It has all the time been very shut.

“In karting, it was both me or him and that’s why we hated one another at one level as a result of fairly often it didn’t finish in the easiest way attainable.”

This week, Helmut Marko instructed a number of the reliability points the Pink Bull is enduring could also be on account of Verstappen’s aggressive type and whereas the 24-year-old didn’t totally agree, Leclerc has stated their driving types differ.

“Through which components we’re stronger or not [as drivers], I don’t know,” Leclerc stated.

“We simply have two very completely different types of driving. In some days one will win, in some the opposite will. However I prefer it.”

Verstappen additionally stated he was unlikely to alter his racing type as a result of “that’s how I’m.”


“I race precisely like I all the time race as a result of that’s how I’m,” he stated.

“Everyone seems to be completely different of their defence and their assault, and up to now Charles and I race very properly collectively as a result of we all know the place we need to place the automobile and the way a lot room we have to go away for one another. That works out rather well for each of us.

“Charles is aggressive, too, and you may clearly see that. We’ve good battles, however we don’t contact.”



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