Arthur Leclerc says that being a part of the Ferrari academy and doing work at Maranello is a dream come true for him.
The younger brother to Charles was signed by the Scuderia earlier this year and was immediately handed a seat in the Formula Regional European Championship.
As well as driving in this category, he also does a lot of work with the team directly at the iconic base of Maranello. He says such work is useful to him and is something he never expected having the privilege to do.
[I learn] a lot, from the physics of the tires to the techniques, very useful things,” he told Corriere Della Sera.
“If you understand how tires are made and how they behave then you can improve race management. And then in addition to Italian, they also teach me physical preparation.
“[It is] a dream come true. I never expected it to happen.”
His older brother was also a member of the team’s academy and is now the lead Ferrari driver in Formula 1.
In order to fund Charles’s journey to the top, however. the Leclerc’s had to put Arthur’s own motorsport career on hold. Given this, the younger brother at one point never expected to race professionally again.
“I was disappointed, I wanted to go to the track. I saw Charles and I asked Dad if I could do like him,” he added.
“At one point I thought I had completely closed my career, I was just driving simulators to pass some time. Returning to racing was a wonderful surprise”
Leclerc’s career is now back on track and he looks set to follow his brother through the categories. His dream is to one day join him in Formula 1, but he’s not thinking about that yet.
“I’d wake up at dawn to watch the GP on TV, at the age of 6-7, then I turned on the Playstation and tried to do the same manoeuvres as the real drivers, dreaming of being in F1,” he said.
“Sure, that’s still my goal, but now I think about winning the F3 Regional and learning. So no distractions, I want to do well here in Monza. Let’s not think ahead too much, please …”