Nov.7 - Charles Leclerc insists he will not be caught publicly criticising Ferrari.

The Maranello team emerged with a highly competitive car in 2022 but amid performance, strategic and reliability problems is only narrowly in front of Mercedes for second overall.

When asked if Ferrari and boss Mattia Binotto have been criticised too harshly, Leclerc told "I don't pay any attention to that.

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75 during the Mexico City GP at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday October 29, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

"I only talk about my own mistakes. There is a lot of negativity but in my opinion this should not be paid attention to as it doesn't help. We must focus on our work.

"When something goes wrong, people always criticise but sometimes for no particular reason. Formula 1 is a very complex sport, and it is difficult to understand it if you only watch it from the outside."

And so Leclerc insists that if team mistakes are criticised, it is only done internally.

"In a team, you need to be honest with each other and build everything on this," said the 25-year-old. "I am always the first to admit my mistakes, but when it comes to team mistakes, I will not speak about them publicly.

"We will discuss them within the team - this is my approach.

"When talking to the media, I am as restrained as possible, but I try to ensure that my voice is always heard within the team."

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3 F1 Fan comments on “Leclerc refuses to publicly criticise Ferrari F1 team

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    Re the headline: Why would anyone publicly criticize their employer while still employed? Actually, LEC's public self-deprecation is refreshing considering the boy in the silver car constant whining.

  2. Nobodysperfect

    That's what you call professional...

    You win and lose together, that's why your a team!
    Only drivers who are stupid enough or think they are bigger than the team will criticize their own team.


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