Leclerc no fan of ‘political games’ in F1

Jun.9 (GMM) Charles Leclerc has vowed to stay out of the “political games” in Formula 1.

One reading of the 21-year-old’s situation is that he is steadily eroding Sebastian Vettel’s number 1 status at Ferrari.

But Leclerc says he is just trying his best to succeed.

“I do not need politics and I like everyone at Ferrari right now,” he told France’s L’Equipe.

“I do my work on the track and I’m happy with that.”

Another reading of Leclerc’s rise at Ferrari is that he is in fact gaining the support not just of the team, but also the Italian press and the ‘Tifosi’.

“You say that, not me. But it’s true, I feel very comfortable with Ferrari,” he insisted.

“I do not like political games, in fact I hate to act politically because it’s not my style.

“I cannot make friends with someone just because it might be useful to me,” said Leclerc. “I prefer natural friendships.”

But he does admit that despite some mistakes, his early form in 2019 – including a near win in Bahrain – have strengthened his position.

“It is true. After the race in Bahrain, the whole thing changed a bit,” said the Monegasque. “They now have more respect for me because I have proved that I am capable of performing.”

Nonetheless, he said Vettel remains the number 1.

“I understand that there must be a certain hierarchy in a big team like Ferrari,” said Leclerc.

“It is obvious that it is Seb, who has an incredible amount of experience and is a four times champion.

“For my part, I have to do my job on the track and make fewer mistakes. He has made fewer mistakes than me.”

Related News

  • 02/04/2019 Leclerc ignored team order by passing Vettel Apr.2 (GMM) Charles Leclerc dodged a team order by passing his number 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain. Just before mounting the overtake of the sister Ferrari, the 21-year-old […]
  • 12/11/2018 Vettel not worried about incoming Leclerc Nov.12 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he is not worried about the ambitions of his new Ferrari teammate for 2019. German Vettel has had a tough few months, having gone from being world […]
  • 06/07/2018 Raikkonen will accept ‘team orders’ Jul.6 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen says he is happy to eventually accept Ferrari 'team orders'. In Austria, many were surprised when the Italian team did not order Raikkonen to let Sebastian […]
  • 12/06/2019 Binotto admits Ferrari made another strategy error Jun.12 (GMM) Ferrari has admitted to making yet another strategy error in 2019. Already criticised by the Italian press for a range of strategy mistakes this year, boss Mattia Binotto […]
  • 30/03/2019 Ferrari ‘understood everything’ after Australia – CEO Mar.30 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has confirmed that Ferrari is being much more open in 2019. In the former Maurizio Arrivabene era, the Italian team operated a closed door policy when it […]
  • 08/05/2015 Vettel happy if Raikkonen stays May 8 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he would be happy if Kimi Raikkonen remains his teammate beyond 2015. Williams' Valtteri Bottas on Thursday did not deny that he might be driving for a […]
  • 14/04/2018 Leclerc needs more time in F1 – Vasseur Apr.14 (GMM) Frederic Vasseur says Charles Leclerc will take some time to get up to speed in F1. In Bahrain, it was Marcus Ericsson who scored Sauber's breakthrough points of 2018, […]
  • 06/05/2019 Leclerc denies self-criticism ‘tactical’ May 6 (GMM) Charles Leclerc has denied that his harsh self-criticism after crashing in Baku was strategic. The young Ferrari driver looked on course for a first win in red when he […]
  • 27/01/2016 Vettel says Melbourne win not crucial Jan.27 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has tested twice already in 2016, despite not even setting eyes on Ferrari's new car. Indeed, while most of his rivals remain in their winter slumber, […]
  • 28/01/2019 McLaren press officer joins Ferrari Ferrari has made yet another change to its team ahead of the 2019 season. Earlier, following the 2018 death of president Sergio Marchionne, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has been ousted […]