Leclerc says Twitch streams show the "real" him

Charles Leclerc says his Twitch video streams offer a better glimpse of the "real" him than how he comes across at actual Formula 1 weekends.

Leclerc says Twitch streams show the "real" him

The Ferrari driver has become a star in sim racing, having won two races in F1's official Virtual Grand Prix series and attracting a loyal audience on his own gaming broadcast channels.

Reflecting on the stir he has made, Leclerc said that the fun-loving attitude he showed when streaming was much more natural that the intensity often on display at grands prix.

"Streaming on Twitch, this was something I definitely did not expect to enjoy and I never saw myself doing that," said Leclerc, speaking to selected media including Motorsport.com via video call from his apartment in Monaco.

"But actually I really enjoyed it and I think it is the closest for people that follow me that you can get of the real me. At the F1 track obviously it's different, there's a pressure and things like this, so to be yourself is a bit different.

"Now on Twitch obviously, playing with the other drivers and, being friends as well, we all know each other since quite a long time with Lando [Norris], George [Russell], Alex [Albon]. So yeah, we can be ourselves and I enjoy it a lot more than I thought."

Read Also:

Leclerc has been playing a range of games with his F1 driver friends, and even devoted several hours recently to playing a truck simulator game with Williams' Russell.

While such antics may be a world away from the world of F1, the Monegasque driver feels that it is important celebrities like him offer entertainment to those not as fortunate as themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

"To be honest at the moment, my main priority is to try and entertain the people at home," he said. "And obviously keeping myself also entertained and try to train on the simulator.

"So at the moment I'm mostly thinking at least what ideas I can come up with to try and help the people that are at home, bored, and who don't have the chance as I do to have a simulator here: to try and put a smile on their face.

"I think it has worked pretty well with the things we've been doing with George, Alex, Nicholas [Latifi] and all the other F1 drivers involved. So that's the goal really, that's what I'm thinking mostly during the day."

Leclerc also feels that racing online is allowing him to stay mentally sharp at a time when there were no other opportunities to drive.

"I think the sim racing is helping me to stay focused on the goal and to remember that I'm here for racing, and that I'm just yet waiting to get back in the car," he said.

"So yeah, we still have the competition in mind by doing races online and this helps us to go through these strange times."

For more on the exciting world of Esports, check out Motorsport Games

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc

Photo by: Charles Leclerc

shares
comments
New F1 podcast: Is It Just Me?
Previous article

New F1 podcast: Is It Just Me?

Next article

Ferrari does not want reduced budget cap

Ferrari does not want reduced budget cap
Load comments
The inevitable consequence of the Liberty F1 popularity boom Prime

The inevitable consequence of the Liberty F1 popularity boom

Sell out crowds at Formula 1 races are the norm rather than the exception these days, as grand prix racing is enjoying a massive boom under Liberty Media. But the Spanish Grand Prix highlighted numerous issues some circuits may face as demand for F1 soars

The danger for Red Bull in its Barcelona F1 team orders choice Prime

The danger for Red Bull in its Barcelona F1 team orders choice

OPINION: Red Bull walked into a team orders saga on its way to taking a Spanish Grand Prix 1-2 last weekend, where it took the lead of the 2022 Formula 1 world championships for the first time. But its decisions have added an element of risk to later races.

Formula 1
May 25, 2022
Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed Prime

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed

Mercedes' strong showing in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix prompted team boss Toto Wolff to say it had halved its deficit to the leaders and its Formula 1 title chances were back on after a rocky start to the 2022 campaign. But a closer inspection of the team's performance suggests its gains aren't as grand as they first appeared

Formula 1
May 24, 2022
What's next for the Green Red Bull controversy? Prime

What's next for the Green Red Bull controversy?

From the 'pink Mercedes' to the 'Green Red Bull', the Silverstone-based team has received suspicious glares from up and down the Formula 1 paddock over its car design exploits. But after being cleared by the FIA over its Spanish Grand Prix updates amid a backdrop of cries of foul play, what's next in this saga?

Formula 1
May 24, 2022
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Prime

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

In an unusually hectic Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was denied a dominant performance by his Ferrari engine letting go which allowed Max Verstappen to pick up the pieces. But numerous flashpoints kept the race twisting and turning throughout, with one perfect score from an emerging contender

Formula 1
May 23, 2022
How Verstappen overcame his and Red Bull’s errors to win in Spain Prime

How Verstappen overcame his and Red Bull’s errors to win in Spain

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari engine disaster offered an open goal for Max Verstappen and Red Bull to strike, but the reigning Formula 1 world champion still had to solve multiple errors and profit from a begrudged assist from team-mate Sergio Perez, which created an unexpectedly eventful Spanish Grand Prix

Formula 1
May 23, 2022
Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari Prime

Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari

Formula 1's return to Spain on Friday ended with Ferrari leading the way from Mercedes, while Red Bull could only manage third fastest overall courtesy of Max Verstappen. But its chances of victory are far from remote with a deeper dig into the times despite Ferrari's strong start...

Formula 1
May 20, 2022
The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries Prime

The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries

The VW Group’s German superpowers of sportscar racing have all but confirmed they are coming to F1 when the next set of engine rules come into force in 2026. Here's why both manufacturers are all set to take the plunge, and crucially how it might work

Formula 1
May 19, 2022