Charles Leclerc says Ferrari was “a little bit upset” with his secret skydive during the Formula 1 winter break after he failed to ask permission beforehand.

Leclerc, who was rewarded with a fresh four-year Ferrari contract at the end of an impressive first year at Maranello in which he out-scored four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, went skydiving at the end of the season but did not ask the team for permission.

Speaking at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, Leclerc revealed he opted against telling Ferrari as he “would not be here to be told off” had it gone wrong.

“You normally sure do [have to ask for permission],” Leclerc said.

“I didn’t for skydiving because I just told myself that in case it would go wrong I would not be here to be told off, so I just went for it.

“They were a little bit upset but in the end I won’t do it a second time. It was amazing but it was just to do it once.

“I love skiing,” he added. “It’s not the safest thing to do and as drivers we are limited to what we can do but they allow me to ski, so that is probably the best thing to do.”

The 22-year-old Monegasque posted pictures of his “amazing experience” one day after last year’s season finale in Abu Dhabi back in December.

Ferrari will launch its 2020 challenger on February 11, ahead of the opening round of the upcoming campaign in Australia on March 15, which will feature a record-breaking 22 races. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1st skydive today. What an amazing experience, jumping alone is next on the list

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