Charles Leclerc is in the spotlight. Both Red Bull and Aston Martin have set their sights on him.
This admission comes from Red Bull’s consultant, Helmut Marko, who, in a conversation with Formula1.com, revealed that he had explored the possibility of bringing the Monegasque driver to Red Bull.
“There were talks towards the end of May to understand if there was a possibility for him to leave Ferrari,” explained the Austrian.
“Aston Martin also tried before us. They are looking for a top driver for when Alonso leaves the team,” he added.
Ferrari is taking countermeasures: Charles Leclerc is a priority, Carlos Sainz not so much
The pressure from these two top teams seems to have prompted Ferrari and Vasseur to accelerate negotiations for Charles Leclerc‘s contract renewal. Extending Leclerc’s contract is now a top priority for the team principal of the Scuderia.
The same cannot be said for Carlos Sainz. Discussions with the Spaniard are currently “on standby,” and it appears that car number 55 is not pleased with this situation. We will see how they decide to proceed in Maranello.
Liberty Media’s Intervention
With Verstappen confirmed, why would Red Bull want the Monegasque driver? According to Marko, the goal is to have two top drivers soon. The names, as mentioned, are Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris, the number one target to accompany the Dutchman.
In other words, a team with a high level of excitement, with two drivers ready to battle each weekend. With Red Bull’s dominance seemingly set to continue until 2026, Liberty Media couldn’t hope for more.