Charles Leclerc Replaces Kimi Raikkonen At Ferrari
Today, it’s a big day for Scuderia Ferrari – following the news that Kimi Raikkonen will move to Sauber for the 2019 Formula 1 season, we also find out that Charles Leclerc will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, driving alongside Sebastian Vettel.
A lot of people said that Charles Leclerc would move to Ferraro however, I think it’s an early move for him. He’s a talented driver without a doubt but I think one more year at Sauber would have been better for him to gain more experience before being in the spotlight, facing the pressures as a Ferrari driver.
Take a look at Sebastian Vettel for example – he was an experienced driver when he joined the Scuderia Ferrari team, wining 4 World Championships however he has said in an interview that he didn’t expect to feel the amount of pressure he did when joining the team.
In terms of the switch between Raikkonen and Leclerc – it’s not an off-chance thing. There’s a reason for the switch but as mentioned in the previous post, I’m unsure why yet.
Is it to give Kimi Raikkonen the freedom and ability to drive without receiving orders about who’s the number 1 and number 2 driver? We know that in races he’s questioned the team over team-radio, asking them to say in clear words to let Sebastian Vettel past so is there frustration within the team?
Is this a way to mould Charles Leclerc into a Ferrari driver, the way Ferrari want?
Will Leclerc have the ability to show his ability or will he be reigned back in order to give Vettel the best opportunity for racing?
Here is the announcement from Sauber about Leclerc moving to Ferrari for 2019.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team would like to congratulate Charles Leclerc on his fantastic step of joining the Scuderia Ferrari from 2019, and wishes him the best for his future in our sport.
During his first season in Formula One, the twenty-year-old Monegasque driver has given the Swiss team great satisfaction. Together they will continue working to make further progress in the final part of the season.
Frédéric Vasseur, CEO of Sauber Motorsport and Team Principal of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team: “It has been a great pleasure to support Charles Leclerc in his rookie year in Formula One. Since his arrival, he has given the team great motivation.”
“We have constantly improved and we will work hard until the end of this season to achieve the best possible results together.”
“We are aware of Charles’ talent and are confident that he will have a bright future. We will keep on following him closely and we wish him the best on his path.”