Ferrari star Charles Leclerc opens up on ‘lie’ he won’t tell his mum despite her F1 fears

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CHARLES LECLERC refuses to reassure his mother about his safety, knowing the dangers he faces on F1 race day.

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says that he knows the risks involved in F1 racing and won’t lie to his mother telling her otherwise. The Monegasque driver is in his fourth season of F1 and is competing with Max Verstappen for the Drivers’ Championship.

Leclerc revealed his mother’s fear of his job in an interview with Sky Sports in Italy, but said he is the ‘happiest man in the world’ when driving an F1 car. 

“My mother’s concern is very great,” said Leclerc. “I don’t know what to tell her. In addition to the fact that I love my job, there is nothing in particular I can add to make her feel better. 

“I will not tell my mother that I will be careful. That would be a lie. I will do my best, in any case. You know it well: it is a dangerous sport. Over the years it has become much safer, but it will always remain an activity where risk exists. But she knows I’m the happiest man in the world when I’m in the car.”

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Ferrari star Charles Leclerc opens up on 'lie' he won't tell his mum despite her F1 fears

Charles Leclerc knows the dangers F1 drivers face (Image: Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

His mother’s fears are intensified by the fact Jules Bianchi was a close friend and the godfather of Leclerc. Frech driver Bianchi died after losing control of his F1 car in wet conditions crashing with a recovery vehicle. He underwent emergency surgery but died of his injuries. 

Leclerc sits second in the current F1 standings going into the Belgian GP later this month with five rounds remaining. Wins in Bahrain, Australia and Austria this year have given the Monegasque driver a chance at a title assault behind Max Verstappen.

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc opens up on 'lie' he won't tell his mum despite her F1 fears

Charles Leclerc says he is the ‘happiest man in the world’ racing F1 (Image: Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

After starting his racing career from karting Leclerc was inspired to race in F1 as a youngster during a visit to Maranello, the home of Ferrari. 

He added: “The first time I was 11 years old but I did not enter (the track and factory complex). I imagined it as in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the Oompa Loompas around”. 

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