Leclerc reveals special passion shared with Hamilton

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As outstanding talents in F1, conversation comes easy between Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton, but the two drivers also share a common passion beyond racing: fashion.

Hamilton has often said that his passion for the fashion world, while it may seem extravagant to others, allows him to "blow off steam" in between race weekends and return to the fray feeling "fresh and positive".

While hoping to follow in the seven-time world championship's footsteps out on the track, Leclerc is already following Hamilton's lead in the fashion world.

The Ferrari driver even started his own clothing project but was forced to put his designer aspirations on standby due to a lack of time.

"I started a project, but I've since stopped it," Leclerc told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Hopefully, I can pick it up again in the future.

"Sometimes we [Lewis and I] discuss clothing brands we like. He has good taste and a lot of guts to show off the weirdest looks when he's at the track."

Indeed, Hamilton often strolls into the paddock like a model on a catwalk wearing colorful and creative accoutrements that draw more attention than a Saturday afternoon pole position.

While admirative of Hamilton's glitz, a more low-profile and classic Leclerc says he would feel awkward marching down a runway.

"I don't feel comfortable [on the catwalk]," he added. "Too many people stare at me. However, I do enjoy watching shows and I like to observe the more unusual garments.

"I was at the Ferrari Style show in Milan last year and Armani before that."

The five-time Grand Prix winner, who also takes a keen interest in modern art, finds it interesting that fashion offers a way "to express yourself without saying a word".,

"I realized this when I started traveling all over the world thanks to Formula 1 and visited countries and cities that I had never known before," said the Monegasque.

"I realized that being well dressed can have a different meaning in different cultures and traditions.

"At that time fashion really started to interest me, about 2017, although I had always liked it. I started to visit fashion shows and then I became a very satisfied customer of Giorgio Armani, after getting more and more in contact with those environments."

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