Charles Leclerc reveals moment he almost lost the 2024 Monaco GP

The Monegasque driver began to get emotional in the closing stages of his home race in Monaco

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Charles Leclerc revealed he almost lost the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix when he began to cry in the cockpit of his Ferrari as he realised he was finally going to claim his maiden win on the Monte Carlo streets he grew up on.

The 26-year-old had the race under control from the moment the lights went out as he survived a first lap red flag, attacks from Oscar Piastri and the risk of a bold strategy from his rivals to expertly manage his way to victory at the Circuit de Monaco.

But it almost slipped away from him when he admitted he began to get teary-eyed in the dying embers of the 78-lap marathon in the Mediterranean microstate when it dawned on him that after so much hurt, he was finally going to climb to the top step of the podium for the first ever time.

“I think where I struggled to most to actually contain my emotions was during the last 10 laps of the race,” Leclerc told select members of the press including Total-Motorsport.com. “More than on the podium.

“I realised actually two laps to the end that I was struggling to see out of the tunnel just because I had tears in my eyes and I was like, ‘F**k Charles, you cannot do that now, You still have two laps to finish.’  

“Especially on a track like Monaco, you have to be on it all the way to the end, so it was very difficult to contain those emotions, those thoughts again of all the people that have helped me to get to where I am today. It’s only a win, the season is still very long and it’s 25 points like any other wins.

“However, emotionally this one means so much and I think the fact as well that we started twice from pole position in the past, and that we couldn’t manage to get the win for one reason or another, makes this one even more so special.”

Leclerc makes history

By winning the race in his own backyard, Leclerc becomes the first ever Monegasque driver to win a Formula 1 World Championship race in the Principality of Monaco and the first Monegasque driver in almost a century to win a Grand Prix there too.

The last man to do so was Louis Chiron in 1931, meaning there may not be anyone alive in Monaco who remembers that achievement, so it’s been a long time coming for the natives and citizens as Leclerc delivers his destiny on a warm summer afternoon.

He also becomes the second Monegasque to stand on the podium at their home race, after Chiron completed the feat in the inaugural 1950 season when he was driving for Maserati at the age of 50.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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