This acknowledgment comes as a testament to Charles Leclerc’s exceptional skill and potential, which Max Verstappen had noticed even in their early days. The Dutch driver’s insight into Leclerc’s abilities and their shared journey from youthful aspirations to Formula 1 glory paints a picture of foresight, talent, and the fruition of youthful dreams in the high-stakes world of motorsport.
Max Verstappen has long recognized the talent of Charles Leclerc, well before the two drivers clashed in Formula 1. The three-time world champion believes that the Monegasque was destined for Formula 1 due to his outstanding performances in his youth.
Verstappen Recognizes Leclerc’s Talent”
“I always thought that if I made it to F1, Charles would be there too,” Verstappen stated. “From a young age, you can already identify the really strong drivers, what they were back then, they are also in F1 today.”
“It was never a surprise to me that Charles is here and, of course, after that, you need a bit of luck to be in the right team to be on the front row, but it’s not surprising that we’re here together, I think.”
For his part, Leclerc often doubted his ability to make it to Formula 1 when he was in the lower categories: “No, it’s the same. But at the same time, when you’re young and karting, F1 seems so far away that, for me, it wasn’t obvious that I would end up in F1 one day.”
“I think we knew we were very fast because we were already competitive in karting and that, whenever we moved up a category, we would always be competitive – but F1 is still so far away that you don’t yet imagine yourself in F1.”
“But it’s incredible. I mean, I have very, very good memories. Other memories are less good but have become very good over time! As you get older, you think back to moments that you may not have appreciated at the time and that are very funny. It was a good time.”
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