Sauber rookie and future Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has admitted that he is honoured to be seen as a threat for the title in 2019 by Lewis Hamilton, as the Monegasque will make the switch to the Maranello team after an incredible rookie campaign with Sauber. The former GP3 Series championship winner also added that he is looking forward to the difficult challenges ahead and will do everything possible to help the Italian side end Mercedes’ dominance.
The 21-year-old Leclerc struggled in the first few races of the season as he was still getting accustomed to life in Formula 1, but when he got going, there was no stopping him. He’s accumulated 33 points for Sauber this year, which is 28 points more than Sauber scored as a team in 2017. He’s often found in Q3 during qualifying, a place where Saubers really have no business of being, and his teammate Marcus Ericsson is usually miles behind him.
Charles Leclerc has now gotten the call-up to Ferrari, where he’ll be lining up next to Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton is well aware of the threat that the young Leclerc poses, saying that he’s more worried about him and Max Verstappen than he is about Sebastian Vettel: “It’s definitely an honour to hear that from Lewis,” Charles Leclerc responded to ESPN. “He’s an incredible driver, and I’ve watched him since quite a bit of years before arriving in Formula 1. I’ll just try to do the best I can next year and I’ll do my best to help Ferrari’s campaign, but it’s definitely not going to be easy. He’s very experienced and an amazing driver. But it’s definitely good to hear that.”
It will be a big test for Charles Leclerc to drive at Ferrari, as pressure is at its very highest there on the entire grid.