Charles Leclerc recently posted a picture on his Instagram profile which led to an interesting conversation with Lewis Hamilton in the comments section.
In the post, Leclerc looks to be in a frozen state, which he captioned as “it’s cold.” One of the most popular comments came from Hamilton, who enquired “how cold?” What caught even more attention, however, was Leclerc’s reply, stating: “as cold as the hard tires in Barcelona winter testing.” This turned out to be hilarious banter for the fans.
Charles Leclerc’s reply to Lewis Hamilton’s comment
In his reply, Charles Leclerc was referring to the pre-season testing that took place in Barcelona in March, a time when the temperatures are generally low.
For an F1 car to perform at its best, the tires and brakes must be at optimal temperature: not too cold, not too hot. Cold tires do not provide enough grip and cold brakes lock up instantly. This is why drivers warm both of them up before running a lap at maximum speed.
Hard tires, however, are the most difficult to warm up (as they are the hardest compound) and hence provide less grip. This was an issue that most drivers faced during the testing sessions as the already cold temperatures made it hard for them to warm up their tires.
Complementing Lewis Hamilton’s funny comment, fans in red too left no chance at being equally hilarious. Here are some of the best comments on Charles Leclerc’s post:
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| Christian Horner on the respect between Leclerc and Verstappen:
“There’s a difference, perhaps [Max has] a different respect with Charles. They’ve raced each other since they were kids, and there’s a mutual respect.”
“I’ve never once heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability.”
| Christian Horner on the respect between Leclerc and Verstappen: “There’s a difference, perhaps [Max has] a different respect with Charles. They’ve raced each other since they were kids, and there’s a mutual respect.”“I’ve never once heard Lewis recognize Max’s ability.”
Ferrari have started looking at the forthcoming season for a shot at both the constructors’ and drivers’ championship, as they are now battling with Mercedes to finish second in the former this season.
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