(Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images) Â© Motorsport Images Winning back-to-back championships also taught Leclerc how to handle pressure, another useful tool in the big pond of Formula 1 racing.Â, Leclerc may have quit school early, but he looks every inch the complete driver. ", How hard does McGregor hit? 3/3.
Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. ... which I think is great that Formula One is doing." "I wanted to make a straightforward tweet just to express my feelings and that's it.". CHARLES LECLERC has lashed out on social media and insists he is not a racist. Â© Mark Sutton/Sutton Images, Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber C37 at Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday 2 September 2018. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. "But I didn't want to [kneel] because there have been many protests all over the world associated with violence, and I don't accept any form of violence. Leclerc, along with six other drivers, stood while the remainder of the grid all kneeled last weekend at the British GP. Â© Jerry Andre/Sutton Images, Free and simple registration required to view this content, Â© 2003-2020 Formula One World Championship Limited. Racism is disgusting. Meanwhile, Kevin Magnussen has explained why he did not take a knee ahead of the British GP last weekend - when he had done so in the previous three races. Charles Leclerc (MON) Sauber C36 with aero sensor at Formula One Testing, Day Two, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday 29 November 2017. Born in the Mediterranean idyll of Monaco, Leclerc arrived in F1 on a tidal wave of expectation.Â, Practically peerless on his way to the GP3 and Formula 2 crowns, he showcased a dazzling array of skills from scorching pole positions, commanding victories â even when his car caught fire twice at Silverstone â to an ability to muscle his way through the pack. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Â© Manuel Goria/Sutton Images, SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 06: Charles Leclerc, Sauber during the Japanese GP at Suzuka on October 06, 2018 in Suzuka, Japan. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. In a series of tweets, he wrote: "It is very sad to see how some people manipulate my words to make headlines making me sound like a racist. I've always been respectful to everyone and that should be the standard in today's world. Â© Sutton Images, Charles Leclerc (MON) Sauber C36 at Formula One Testing, Day Two, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday 29 November 2017. Â© Mark Sutton/Sutton Images, Charles Leclerc (MON) Sauber at Formula One Testing, Day Two, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Wednesday 29 November 2017. Leclerc said: "I'm against racism, I fight it and I'm glad F1 is using its platform to show the world the right way. This exciting young talent is racing for his late father Herve and his friend and mentor Jules Bianchi, the F1 driver who died in 2015.Â. I've always been respectful to everyone and that should be the standard in today's world.". UFC star's ex-opponents reveal all on brutal power, Real & Barca to fight for Fernandes in shock move after just 8 months in England, Walcott involved as Southampton comeback and score late equaliser, Pickford's horror tackle on Van Dijk dodges penalty thanks to VAR offside call, Man Utd boost with Icardi, Verratti and Kehrer major doubts for PSG clash, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. There he immediately put the cat among the proverbial pigeons, unafraid to go wheel-to-wheel with established number one, Sebastian Vettel. Tel: +44(0)20 8267 3000 When asked why he refused to kneel, Leclerc told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport it was due to the violence brought forth by Black Lives Matter protests. "And I don't like a civil protest to be used by politicians.". His comments sparked something of a backlash on social media, with many accusing him of being a "racist". "I am not racist and I absolutely hate racism. "I want to separate myself from that, and then push on with ending racism and that messaging, which I think is great that Formula One is doing. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Out of the car, Leclerc is modest and thoughtful - but then he is on his own very personal mission. "I support that movement, and not any sort of political organisation that I think the Black Lives Matter movement is. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. I'm not into politics and I don't want to be involved in that. When quizzed about his tweets ahead of this weekend's GP at Silverstone, the 22-year-old said he wanted to post his comments to get his voice heard. The tifosi had found another new hero â who then became the first man to out-score Vettel over a season with the Scuderia. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Stepping up to F1 in 2018, Leclerc showed flashes of ballistic pace on Saturdays and racing brilliance on Sundays, dragging his Sauber beyond its limits – and earning himself a money-can’t-buy race seat at Ferrari for 2019, stepping into the shoes of the Scuderia’s last world champion, Kimi Raikkonen. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Leclerc was one of seven racers who failed to take a knee before last weekend's British GP, Charles Leclerc finished third in last weekend's British GP, F1 drivers given time to kneel at start of British GP after Hungarian farce, but seven still refuse, Leclerc, along with six other drivers, stood, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). But in a strongly-worded statement on Twitter, Leclerc has now hit back at the claims.
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