Leclerc says Ferrari will decide future

Sep.4 (GMM) Charles Leclerc says it is up to Ferrari to decide if he is ready for a plum seat with the Maranello team.

It is believed that although new boss Louis Camilleri wanted to keep Kimi Raikkonen, a previous decision made by late president Sergio Marchionne to sign Leclerc for 2019 will be honoured.

“Perhaps Kimi did not play along at Monza because he knows his contract has not been renewed,” Italian journalist Luca Budel said.

Pino Allievi, the correspondent for La Gazzetta dello Sport, agrees: “We have strong suspicions that Leclerc is coming.

“Ferrari tried to place him with another team (Haas) but the answer was no and Charles was only on a two-year contract. So things turned in his favour,” he said.

Leclerc, 20, would not say if he will get a promotion from Sauber for 2019, but he said he always appreciated former Ferrari president Marchionne’s support.

“I don’t know. They are familiar enough with me as a driver now and so they’ll decide if it’s enough or not,” he said.

“I’m still young and I have so much to learn, but if the situation is that I go to Ferrari, my dream will be fulfilled. But I cannot say if I’m ready for it or not. It depends on them,” the Monaco born driver added.

Related News

  • 03/09/2018 Leclerc back on pole for 2019 Ferrari seat Sep.3 (GMM) Charles Leclerc is back on pole position for a plum Ferrari seat in 2019. Before the death of president Sergio Marchionne, the young Monaco born driver looked set to be […]
  • 25/07/2018 Zetsche worried about Marchionne exit Jul.25 (GMM) Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche is concerned about the change at the very top at Ferrari. With Sergio Marchionne reportedly gravely ill, Ferrari has appointed a new chairman as […]
  • 24/08/2017 Alesi tips Vettel to sign next Ferrari contract Aug.24 (GMM) The decision to keep Kimi Raikkonen is a move by Ferrari to retain its harmonious team "atmosphere". That is the view of former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi, whose own comments […]
  • 29/07/2018 Vasseur plays down Vandoorne rumour Jul.29 (GMM) Frederic Vasseur has played down rumours linking Stoffel Vandoorne with Sauber. The latest 'silly season' rumour in Hungary is that Kimi Raikkonen's closeness to new Ferrari […]
  • 25/10/2018 Arrivabene says Raikkonen axe ‘my decision’ Oct.25 (GMM) Maurizio Arrivabene says it was his decision to oust Kimi Raikkonen. Some believe the shake-up, with Raikkonen to be replaced by young charger Charles Leclerc next year, was […]
  • 02/08/2018 Ferrari’s talks with Liberty still on – Camilleri Aug.2 (GMM) Ferrari's new CEO says talks about the future with Liberty Media are progressing. Louis Camilleri has replaced Sergio Marchionne, who died last week of cancer. Marchionne is […]
  • 06/11/2018 ‘No progress’ on budget cap – Camilleri Nov.6 (GMM) Liberty Media's proposed budget cap is no closer to being ready to implement. That is the claim of Louis Camilleri, who earlier this year took over after the death of Ferrari […]
  • 27/03/2017 Montezemolo hails return to winning for Ferrari Mar.27 (GMM) Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has hailed the Italian marque's return to victory. Tension between the long-time Ferrari chief and his successor Sergio […]
  • 04/10/2017 Montezemolo backs ‘unreliable’ Ferrari car Oct.4 (GMM) Luca di Montezemolo has backed Ferrari, amid criticism of the Italian marque's poor car reliability in Malaysia. Current Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne this week […]
  • 09/06/2016 Grosjean admits to eyeing Raikkonen’s seat Jun.9 (GMM) Romain Grosjean has admitted he would not turn down the chance to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. When asked by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport to rate his chances, the […]