How "useless" Leclerc exposed a champion's trait


Charles Leclerc's Azerbaijan Grand Prix was a world away from his breakthrough weekend in Baku in 2018. His outburst after a qualifying crash raised eyebrows but, rather than exposing a weakness, it proved the calibre of Ferrari's new arrival

When Charles Leclerc lambasted himself for ploughing his Ferrari into the barrier on the entry to the Baku circuit's castle section last Saturday, costing himself a likely Azerbaijan Grand Prix pole and probable first Formula 1 victory, it was a reminder that even the most extraordinary talents are human.

In that moment, it became clear that the 21-year-old prodigy, tipped as Ferrari's saviour in its decade-long title drought, was no Messiah. Just a very frustrated boy.

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