The Monegasque partner of the Spanish Formula 1 driver answers one of the most questioned questions about the continuity contract
recent statements of Charles Leclerc, the brilliant Monegasque Ferrari driver, have fed the news about a possible change of seats between him and the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton. In a press conference prior to the race weekend in Monaco, Leclerc launched a spicy “Hello Lewis!” when asked about what he expects from a teammate.
Hamilton and Leclerc have been the focus of much speculation of late, with both pilots tied to each other’s seat in a potential direct exchange. However, Hamilton has repeatedly reiterated his commitment to Mercedes, while Leclerc has frequently expressed his love for Ferrari.
Leclerc’s reaction to the possibility of a change
Asked if he would welcome Hamilton, a driver of the stature of a seven-time world champion, at Ferrari, Leclerc replied: Lewis is an amazing driverHe has achieved a lot in the sport. I think anyone on the grid would be delighted to have Lewis as a teammate.” However, Leclerc did not leave out his current Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz, calling him “extremely fast”.
For his part, Hamilton seems not to be heading to Ferrari, despite the rumors, since the Briton revealed that he is closer than ever to closing a new agreement with Mercedes. In response to the growing rumours, the Ferrari boss denied any approach to Hamilton, stating: “We are not sending an offer.” Therefore, although Leclerc’s statements may suggest otherwise, it seems that the chances of seeing Hamilton in a red car are slim.
The implications for Carlos Sainz
Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc, who still has one more year on his contract with Ferrari, He stated that he has not yet begun to speak with president John Elkann or crew chief Fred Vasseur about a new contract. In his own words: “No conversation has started about my renewal for now.” Despite the rumors and jokes, Carlos Sainz’s position at Ferrari seems secure.
The Spanish pilot has proven to be a valuable addition to the Italian team, and Leclerc was quick to praise his current teammate. At the end of the day, all of these speculations are part of the uncertainty that often surrounds the Formula 1. As the season progresses, there is likely to be more clarity about the future of these outstanding drivers and the setup of the main teams.