After the apprenticeship season at the wheel of Sauber, in 2019 Charles Leclerc he had shown off his talent driving the Ferrari SF90, winning two wins, seven pole positions and ten podium finishes. His performances thus convinced the leaders of Maranello to give the welcome to Sebastian Vettel at the end of 2020, betting everything on the Monegasque driver, making him sign a long renewal until 2024. But the growth of the Red team has stopped and in the last two years the Italian single-seater has definitely moved away from the top of the standings, so much so that Leclerc has only added three podium finishes in the last 37 races. The talent of the young Ferrari driver manifested itself in the two poles obtained in Monaco and Baku, although in the home race he was unable to start due to technical problems on his car, which was damaged in qualifying in the barriers.
But the guiding star of the historic Italian team’s project remains Leclerc, as confirmed by Mattia Binotto in an interview on his pilot released to the magazine GP Racing: “We have invested in him for the long term because we are fully convinced that he will be the man who will become the next world champion. If and when Ferrari produces a car capable of fighting for the title, Leclerc will lead this campaign“. The Italian engineer, in charge of Maranello’s Sports Management, repeatedly praised the 24-year-old transalpine: “First of all, we have known him from the beginning of his career, we are talking about a very talented rider and this is the priority. He is very fast and not just on the single lap. When he’s in a race, his ability to defend and attack without losing pace is exceptional. I always have in mind Monza 2019 and its defense against Hamilton, or the one against Max at Silverstone. Charles is very good at managing pressure, he is able to win thanks to his winning mentality required when you are in the lead, managing the situation. He has a fantastic talent“.
Binotto then wanted to highlight the progress made over the years by Leclerc: “The way he handles the tires now is incredibly different than when he started. He significantly developed his sensitivity in the car and on the tires. This distinguishes the talented from the good drivers. If you are talented you are capable of getting everything out of the car, putting together a fantastic lap. This was the case with Michael and Fernando“. And the fact of globally identifying Leclerc with the Ferrari red that accompanied him from the beginning of his career, prompted Binotto to approach him with one of the iconic Cavallino drivers: “If we think of the fans, certainly Charles reflects the spirit of Gilles Villeneuve. And this will be even more true when he starts winning championships. Leclerc has been with us since the beginning and it was great for Ferrari to discover such a talent “,
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