Charles Leclerc refused to tell his mother to 'take care' while racing inFormula 1. "Because it's not true."
Leclerc has been racing in Formula 1 for several years and spends much more time in his series of karts and feeders than that. But that doesn't make him less susceptible to the dangers that every racer accepts before putting on his helmet.
F1 has never been a safer sport due to advances in technology. One of his most important introductions, Halo, was controversial when it was brought up. However, Leclerc's life was one of those first saved by a big smash at the first corner of the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.
Racing for Sauber at the time, he sawFernando Alonso's McLaren become airborne and land on top of his car. I was lucky enough to escape injury when I did. Analysis later showed that without the protection, his visor would have been hit by the car.
His Godfather Jules His Bianchi was out of luck. He lost control while driving his Marussia at his 2014 Japanese Grand Prix and crashed into a recovery vehicle. He fell into a coma after emergency surgery,and died nine months later,.
The Frenchman's death was the first in F1 since Ayrton Sennadied at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. It was the day after Roland Ratzenberger died in qualifying. No F1 driver has died in a crash since Bianchi, but F2 racers Antoine Hubert's death at Spa in 2019 and Romain Grosjean's miraculous escape in Bahrain is a reminder of the dangers lurking in the year ahead. Every corner of every circuit.
As the cover star for the September issue of British GQ, Leclerc said it I made it clear how difficult it is. It's his mother's acceptance that he and his younger brother Arthur, who races in Formula 3, put himself in danger every time he hits the track.
"It's hard for my mother," said the 24-year-old, who was a year younger than Bianchi at the time of the fatal accident. "And I don't know what to say to her. Other than that – I love my job. There's nothing in particular I can say to make her feel better. } Be careful, that's not going to be true, I'm going to try my best, she knows it's a dangerous sport, it's getting a lot safer every year, but it's a dangerous sport She knows I'm happiest when I'm in that car."
British GQ September issue , available on August 23 for digital download and newsstands.