Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc will one day be crowned F1 World Champion, that’s according to Jean Todt who says all he needs is the “right” car.
Charles Leclerc joined Scuderia Ferrari this season, taking up from Sauber, now known as Alfa Romeo. Despite his young age, just 22, the Ferrari protege was quick to prove the Scuderia had made the right call as he was on course to win race two, the Bahrain GP, before his car let him down. More issues followed as the season progressed, which, together with team orders, hampered Charles Leclerc’s efforts.
However, he finally broke his duck at the Belgian GP, taking his first F1 win before adding a second a week later in Italy: “One does not get four pole positions in a row so, all of a sudden.” – Jean Todt, a former Ferrari team boss, told the Italian media – “The result will come with the right car. This combination is essential to win: a great driver, a great team, a great car and a bit of luck. With a high level car like the one Ferrari has today, Charles will show great things.” – the President of the Federation Internationale de L’Autombile (FIA) explained.
He’s not the only one who believes Charles Leclerc has what it takes. Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore reckons Charles Leclerc is the real deal and has urged Ferrari to make him their number 1 driver. He told Italian radio: “Leclerc is ready to win the title, predestined. If I was the team principal there, I would choose him as my first driver. Leclerc is a talent; he is aggressive and is able to make the car better. Everyone works together as a team, but that’s just talk: you have to choose a driver for the Drivers’ World Championship otherwise you will never win it.” – he explained.