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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc explains why he won't change approach to Ferrari's mistakes

After a promising start to the season, Ferrari suffered a number of errors in 2022, ranging from strategic blunders to driver mistakes. Charles Leclerc has revealed the role he plays within the squad's "self-critical" attitude behind closed doors.

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Charles Leclerc admits that he has no intention of changing his openly critical approach to both his and Ferrari's mistakes.

After a strong start to the 2022 season, the team suffered a number of issues during the campaign, including strategic problems and driver errors. They ultimately finished P2 in the Constructors' Championship, 205 points away from Red Bull at the top.

Leclerc is known for being open about his own mistakes, and he continues to believe that this is the correct attitude to take.

"That's how I work. I admit when I've made mistakes," Leclerc told German publication Auto Motor Und Sport.

"I don't mind because everybody makes them. What's wrong is when you want to hide your mistakes. Because then you don't grow from them.

"As soon as I make a mistake, I am confident that I will come out stronger."

Leclerc outlines 'self-critical' approach to Ferrari errors

While some drivers in the past may have been hesitant to publicly acknowledge mistakes for fear that they would be interpreted as weaknesses, Leclerc is comfortable with being honest about errors and extends this approach towards mishaps made by the team.

"A mistake can be a one-off. That's quite normal for me. I have always admitted my mistakes," the Monegasque added.

"I don't think that's bad. If the team makes a mistake, I tell them too. We are honest with each other. With this way of working, we grow together. So I don't want to change my approach."

Leclerc tries to avoid public criticism of Ferrari, but admits that he can be vocal about errors behind closed doors.

"We are self-critical. And I am part of it," he explained.

"I am very critical within the team. I'm not a driver who criticises harshly in public. But in internal meetings I push my team forward. That is my job.

"When I make mistakes, I speak up. If the team makes mistakes, that has to be on the table. I have to be allowed to say what I think."

Ferrari shouldn't care what others think, says Leclerc

Ferrari's blunders during 2022 have attracted much attention but, when asked if the team receive particularly harsh criticism, Leclerc suggested that they should not focus on what others think of them.

"I don't know. But I don't care about that either. We shouldn't care about what others think," the five-time race winner said.

"Our job is to think about where we can improve. That's pretty clear. We have to implement what's in the car and what's in us on race Sundays.

"We need to improve our performance and how we handle the races. Whether it's more in the media than reality: I don't know, but I'm not interested either."

It was recently announced that Team Principal Mattia Binotto has resigned from the Italian outfit and will leave his role at the end of December, with a replacement set to be finalised in the new year.

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