F1: Charles Leclerc: “I am not going to Ferrari to learn”
Getting confirmed at F1’s most iconic team before your 21st anni would be enough to unnerve most people. But Charles Leclerc insists he is not stressed about the prospect wearing Ferrari Red in Y 2019.
It was announced in the week leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix that Leclerc would replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next season, becoming the 2nd youngest driver to ever compete for the team in F1, after Ricardo Rodriguez.
He will have just 1 season of F1 under his belt when he heads to Maranello Outfit.
It seems that is a whole lot of pressure for the young driver to handle, Yes?
“It is very strange because obviously I can see that a lot of people think I will have a lot more pressure on my shoulders, but I really don’t,” said Mr. Leclerc. “I think I have a mentality that is really taking off all of the pressure. I really focus on myself and don’t really think about what people expect of me in the car.
“I believe if I do the right job in the car and if I work in the right way then the performances will be there. This is how I see the thing so I just fully focus on myself and the job I have to do in the car, and then I think the rest will come. To be honest I don’t feel the pressure.”
But Mr. Leclerc was clear that, with nothing in his contract stating that he will need to play a support role to Mr. Vettel in Y 2019, a lack of F1 experience will not stop him from chasing strong results.
“I’m not going to Ferrari to learn,” he said. “I think I’ve had a very good season this year where I could learn most of it, and next year [my role] is to perform in a big team. I’m not saying I won’t learn anything anymore, because I have so much to learn still and I can still improve a lot in a lot of things. But definitely I will be a lot more ready than I was at the beginning of the year.
“Experience is always a plus, obviously, but if you are good enough in one seat then you are good enough… If next year I don’t have the results good enough to stay in Ferrari then it will be normal that I downgrade. But then I don’t deserve a Ferrari seat.”
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