Leclerc wants Tifosi to have Max’s Dutch GP ‘craziness’

Henry Valantine
Charles Leclerc on the grid at Zandvoort.

Charles Leclerc prepares for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Charles Leclerc has called on Ferrari supporters to show the same “craziness” at Monza that Dutch fans gave Max Verstappen at Zandvoort.

A half-full crowd of around 50,000 people is expected to be allowed at Ferrari’s home race this weekend, with the Tifosi usually creating a party atmosphere in support of the Scuderia.

The orange-clad fans at the Dutch Grand Prix were there almost exclusively to get behind Verstappen, and they were in full voice as the Red Bull driver went on to win his home race.

The crowd received plaudits all weekend for the atmosphere they created all weekend, and the 2019 Italian Grand Prix winner hopes for more of the same on Ferrari’s home turf.

“Obviously, Monza is always extremely special for the drivers and for the team,” Leclerc said, per GPFans.

“It is the home for the team, and we can always feel the support. Obviously, what I lived in 2019, I will remember that for my whole life.

“This year might be a bit more difficult compared to 2019 but it will be good to feel the support.

“The craziness that we have seen for Max [at the Dutch GP] I hope to see it for us in Monza, but it is always very special to be racing at the home of Ferrari.”

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As for Carlos Sainz on the other side of the garage, he’s hoping to have a better weekend after being puzzled as to why he had a lack of pace over the course of the weekend at Zandvoort.

It will also be his Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver, and he hopes to make it a memorable occasion not just on the level of experience of being behind the wheel of a scarlet car at Monza, but hoping to show a strong performance as well.

“Honestly, in terms of Monza, I think it is going to be a weekend that I am going to try and enjoy to the maximum,” said the Spaniard.

“It is going to be a weekend that for sure I will remember all my life so I’m going to try and go there and enjoy it, make it memorable and try and have a strong result.

“But until Monza, unfortunately, I have a lot of homework to do, a lot of things to analyse and to try and find out with the engineers.

“I am sure, once I know more or less what happened in the race, I will try to reset the mind and go into Monza a lot happier.”