Charles Leclerc has revealed a love for fashion – and he wants to follow in Lewis Hamilton’s footsteps in the industry.
Hamilton, a six-time World Champion and likely soon to be seven-time F1 title-winner, has over the years increasingly widened his portfolio outside of the sport thanks to the freedom his Mercedes team afford him.
And one of the industries in which Hamilton has become highly active is fashion, most notably his work with Tommy Hilfiger.
It just so happens that Leclerc also has an eye for style and would love to go down a similar route to Hamilton once he looks beyond Formula 1.
“I really like clothes design,” he told the Formula 1 website.
“It’s definitely the creative element that inspires me. I can draw but whether I would sketch my own collection, I don’t think I have that level. I have very clear ideas of what I like but not at the point I can design my own.
“I have spoken to Lewis very briefly [about fashion], congratulated him for his new collection. He’s doing a great job with the brand and I quite like what he’s doing. It’s definitely something I’d like to do further down the road.”
The Ferrari driver revealed how sketching designs on his iPad helps him get through the long flights which are associated with a Formula 1 season.
“It frees my mind,” he said.
“At least I think of something else than only racing, which I think is very good. This was also my problem in the past, not being able to disconnect from racing. Fashion and music helps. I’m very creative, all of these things help me think of something else.”
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This 2020 campaign has been a difficult one for Leclerc with Ferrari struggling to come close to their heights of last season.
Leclerc won his first race in Formula 1 at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, following up with P1 at Monza in front of Ferrari’s home fans.
But in 2020 the Scuderia have been left scrapping to get into the points, and after making it up to P3 at the start of the Tuscan Grand Prix only to finish P8, Leclerc made his frustration clear.
“We were just slow, there’s not much more to add to that,” he told reporters at Mugello.
“We didn’t have the pace. I did a good start, put myself I think in the best position possible, I had the two Mercedes that were going away so I had clear air, just struggling so much with the car.
“We need to work honestly and try to understand because some races we are not very competitive in qualifying and we are better in the race, which had been the case at the beginning of the season. Now we seem to have done quite a good job in quali but then struggling massively with the car in the race.
“It’s a difficult moment.”