Leclerc: “When I see Lewis, it’s not the same image I have of Michael”

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc says Lewis Hamilton will be “a legend” when he leaves F1, but admits he perceives the Briton “differently“ to Michael Schumacher.

After Lewis Hamilton surpassed Michael Schumacher’s most career wins record many Formula 1 personalities started giving their comments on the two greats. Charles Leclerc was also asked to compare the two drivers.

“I don’t like to compare different eras,” Leclerc told Sport Bild.

“You didn’t drive against the same people, the cars are very different. They are two fantastic sportsmen who were incredibly successful in F1 and deserve a lot of respect.

“When I see Lewis on the track, it’s not the same image like I have of Michael Schumacher, although just like Michael, he will be a legend when he leaves F1 one day.

“When I was little, I always watched Michael Schumacher on television. That’s why I perceive him somewhat differently.

“I respect Lewis very much. But he is also one of my competitors.”

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Leclerc also gave his comment on Mick Schumacher presenting Hamilton with his father’s helmet.

“For me there are two big legends and idols in F1: Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Just to get a helmet from one of them would be incredible.

“The gesture with Lewis and Mick was definitely very moving.”

Asked if he will swap helmets with team-mate Sebastian Vettel, before the German driver departs for Aston Martin, Leclerc said: “I wanted to ask Seb, I haven’t done that yet. I would definitely like it.”

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