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Leclerc's love/hate relationship with his home grand prix

Charles Leclerc is heading home this weekend for the Monaco Grand Prix, but the Ferrari driver has not felt quite as home on the track in F1.

When Charles Leclerc first raced at Monaco in Formula 1 with Sauber back in 2018, he became only the second driver in the sport's history born in the Principality to compete on the iconic circuit. Leclerc still calls Monaco home, but in Formula 1 the return of a Monegasque to the grid didn't have a fairytale ending. He ended up retiring from that race after crashing into the back of Brendon Hartley in the last few laps. And things didn't get much better when he moved to Ferrari in 2019, when his second appearance in a home grand prix also ended back in the pit lane after a failed overtaking attempt on Nico Hulkenberg led to floor damage and a puncture. But ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, Leclerc told RacingNews365.com and other select media that he still looks forward to racing on the circuit. "I love it, but I've had of a tough time at this track in the last three years apart from last year when we didn't race, but I love this track. I love city tracks ad I think it's a special feeling for drivers to be racing here," he said. "It's very very technical, with high speed cars with the swings and pulls, and you just need to be on it. And I love this challenge of trying to push the car to its limit, never going over it. Otherwise you pay the price."

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