Charles Leclerc enjoyed the home support he received in Monaco last weekend but pointed out some new fans didn’t understand why Sauber weren’t victory contenders.
The Sauber driver said he had even more support than expected in Monaco, where he was the first home-grown driver to compete for 24 years. “A lot of people were pushing me and that was great,” said Leclerc.
“So people were like ‘oh, you are P14 in quali, you should be pole’. Then it’s difficult to explain because for the people who are not properly into the sport they can’t really understand.
“They pushed me and I had massive support so that was great. But you realise that people that are not watching Formula One are not really understanding that there’s a lot more than only the driver and that the car [makes] a big difference.
“Now we are seeing the positives and we are improving [but] we are still not there to win races.”
Leclerc said it felt like the entire city was supporting him.
“It has been a great experience. The prince has been a massive support this weekend, for this I need to [say] thanks. He has been a massive supporter since I was probably 11 or 12 and it’s great to see he is still here pushing me.
“The whole city basically has pushed me. Once I’m go in the street they always speak to [me] like ‘come on, you can do it’. It’s always good and it gives you an extra motivation for sure.”
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