Vettel Not a ‘Number 2’ Driver in Ferrari: Charles Leclerc




The Red Italians cannot boast of a very healthy camp atmosphere this season. Besides being bitter with Sebastian Vettel, they have driven an axe through the team. Yet, Charles Leclerc appears aloof from controversy.

The young Monegasque displayed sheer promise in this season. Amidst Ferrari’s struggles, Leclerc is the only ray of hope to the sinking Italian ship. Well, Charles also maintains a good relation with teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Several pundits may agree that Charles and Vettel maintain a good relation only on camera. Given the bridge of points between them and the recent decision, it is unlikely that they get on well. However, it is quite the opposite.

Leclerc says there is no leader at Ferrari
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – October 31, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc FIA/Handout via REUTERS

I don’t like talking about numbers 1 and 2, after all I have only won two races and Sebastian four World Championships,” reminded the Monegasque. Therefore, he believes that he does not stand in a position to be compared with Vettel.

Things are going very well for me but I don’t think there is really a hierarchy, nor a leader,” explained the Ferrari No. 16.

Charles Leclerc is another prodigy on the grid. He might be young, but he can fight his way around the track. Swimming with the sharks in F1, that little goldfish will turn into a whale in due time.

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Charles Leclerc says that Vettel is very professional

Leclerc has stayed among the top five in most races. Given Ferrari’s car and their strategies, it is a mammoth feat Charles has achieved. With Ferrari’s promise to improve their car and their pace, Leclerc will be a heavy threat to the leaders like Mercedes and Red Bull.

In the meantime, Charles will work and learn as much as he can from the German champion. Sebastian Vettel may go through a rough patch in his career, but he has been around the circus a while now. His knowledge will help Charles long after he is gone.

Beyond competitiveness, the relationship has always been good, perhaps from the outside it can be difficult to understand,” remarked Charles. Well, it is no surprise. Teammates are to be such, beside each other having their backs.

Leclerc says Vettel is professional
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 23, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during practice Armando Franca/Pool via REUTERS

The speculation of pundits shouldn’t bother either of the Ferrari racers. They are aware of their relationship and they know that the Italians will figure out a way. Till then, all they need to do is hold tight and keep their heads down.

There were complicated moments like in Brazil, but we solved them quickly. Seb helped me get into the team, he has always been very professional” concluded the young no. 16.

Charles Leclerc has immense respect for Vettel. He knows that given the right car, Vettel could still take the leaders for a ride. Well, he has no reason to disrespect Vettel, and neither does the German hold any hard feelings. Vettel has always been helpful, and he shall always be.

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