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Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, 1st position, celebrates on arrival in Parc Ferme
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The two critical changes behind Leclerc finally breaking his Monaco F1 duck

The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix was controlled from the front by Charles Leclerc, whose task was made somewhat easier by an early red flag that removed the prospect of strategic variance. But Ferrari's home hero still had to put himself in the position to benefit, and did so with changes to his mindset and in-car modifications that proved crucial

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“I realised I was struggling to see out of the Tunnel. I had tears in my eyes. And I was like, ‘F***, Charles, you cannot do that now, you still have two laps to finish’.”

As if the task of navigating a Formula 1 car through the legendary streets wasn’t hard enough, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had much weighing heavy on his heart and his shoulders in the closing stages of 2024’s Monaco Grand Prix. At this stage, on lap 76 of 78 of his emotional first victory at home in Monte Carlo last weekend, Leclerc’s thoughts had drifted.

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