Damon Hill: Charles Leclerc needs to ‘weed out’ his ‘rash’ mistakes

1996 World Champion Damon Hill has said Charles Leclerc needs to “weed out” high-profile mistakes like the one he made at Imola.

Leclerc forced himself into recovery mode at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after a costly mistake at the Variante Alta when he was charging down Red Bull’s Sergio Perez for P2.

The World Championship leader had made a pretty much flawless start to the season before this flashpoint, causing plenty of pundits to warn Leclerc to be more cautious – Hill being the latest.

“We’ve seen with Charles of course, Imola was an opportunity to consolidate,” Hill told the F1 Nation podcast.

“And he went for a move which was just a little bit too ambitious, and he called it greedy. I was watching sitting down. Literally, I almost grabbed my wife’s leg as as he turned in, [when] they showed it from the onboard.

“The moment he turned in, you knew it was too much. I’m not even in the car and I could see it on the telly. I was going, ‘That is not going to work.’ Boom, he spun off.”

 

And Hill thinks Leclerc would be wise to take a leaf out of the book of the driver he was chasing down on race day at Imola: Sergio Perez.

“Leclerc just thought, ‘I’ll launch it over the kerb,’ and it was just far too ambitious,” Hill added.

“And you think, why do that when you’ve got so much responsibility?

That’s the sort of thing that you need to weed out of your portfolio as a top driver. You can’t be doing rash moves like that.

“You look at Sergio. Sergio’s a safe pair of hands. He’s quick, and he’s a safe pair of hands. He hardly ever does anything crazy. He’s really good.”

Leclerc heads into Miami Grand Prix with a 27-point lead over Max Verstappen, the two drivers locked on two wins each so far this season.

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