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Charles Leclerc Insists He ‘Never Believed in the [Monaco] Curse’

While he didn’t believe in the curse, he admits that “it always felt difficult in the two occasions I had to win here."...

It became something of a meme to say that Monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc, would never win the Monaco Grand Prix. It did feel like a conspiracy at certain points, like Leclerc was cursed to never win his home race. However, that was only the feeling of fans as Leclerc himself insists he “never believed in the curse.”

While he didn’t believe in the curse, he admits that “it always felt difficult in the two occasions I had to win here.

“One, I couldn’t even start the race,” he explained. “The second one, we didn’t make the right choice, I think. So it was very, very frustrating to lose those wins.”

The first race was in 2021 when Leclerc qualified on pole but crashed in Q3 severely damaging his car. The team attempted to repair the car, but they faced a technical problem on the formation lap. The second was in 2022 where he led, but a poor pit stop left him fourth.

While those were recent, Leclerc’s bad luck at the circuit was present during his Formula 2 campaign where he failed to score any points as well as his first F1 race at the circuit in 2018 when he suffered a brake failure.

Charles admitted to some tension but nothing that he couldn’t overcome once he was in the cockpit.

“The thing is that as a driver you never really know when will be the next opportunity to win and especially when it’s your home race – and even more so when your home race is Monaco. That is such a special track, such a difficult track and such a difficult weekend to master and to do everything perfectly which we did.

“So I knew that today was another opportunity. I knew how it felt the last two times I was in this position. I obviously really wanted to get that victory today, so there’s a bit of tension.

“But as I’ve said, as soon as I put the helmet on and as soon as I get into the car I don’t feel anything anymore. Then it’s all about trying to maximise the car that you have thinking about the tyres and thinking about all the stuff that I had to think of to manage this race the best way possible.”

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