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Charles Leclerc

How Leclerc's brother has made him a stronger driver

Charles Leclerc has explained how the support works both ways with his younger brother Arthur, who is also working his way towards the F1 grid.

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Charles Leclerc says support and advice from his younger brother Arthur has proven valuable on occasion, as the younger Leclerc works his way up the ladder of F1's junior categories.

Arthur Leclerc, like Charles, is part of Ferrari's Driver Academy roster and is heading into his second consecutive Formula 3 season with the PREMA team.

While keen to let his brother's skills develop naturally, Charles has explained that there's plenty of mutual support between himself and Arthur, who has also offered occasional tips from the sidelines.

"He knows I'm there for any personal things he needs," Leclerc told The Official Ferrari Magazine.

"When it comes to racing, I prefer to let him find his own way and to make progress on his own, which I think is very important in this sport.

"[But] sometimes, during a race weekend, when he's following my F1 race on TV, he spots things that maybe I've not noticed from inside the cockpit, and he lets me know to try and help me, which is always nice – so the support goes both ways."

Following on from the Schumachers

Should the younger Leclerc make it into F1 at the same time as Charles, it'll be the first time in some 15 years that two brothers have raced against each other at the top level – 2006 being the last year that Michael and Ralf Schumacher shared the grid, as Michael left the sport at the end of that season.

The brotherly Schumacher rivalry over the course of a decade added to the intrigue of F1 at the time, given that Michael and Ralf both drove front-running machinery for different teams between 2001 and 2003.

It's a similar dynamic between the Leclerc brothers, with Charles explaining that there's plenty of healthy competition between himself and Arthur.

"Absolutely!" Charles said. "Our relationship is the normal kind of relationship that you find between brothers when there's not much age difference between them.

"We've always been competitive, especially when we were younger. When we were little, being three years younger than me, he always wanted to do the same things that I did.

"When I was eight or nine, it was quite easy to beat him. As grown-ups, that three-year age advantage has disappeared, so nowadays it's really hard to get the better of him, especially at tennis or padel (a racquet sport).

"That sense of competitiveness between us is still very keen."

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