Despite facing multiple setbacks in recent years, Charles Leclerc’s loyalty to Ferrari remains unbroken. In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, Leclerc expressed his unwavering commitment to the iconic Italian racing team, a connection that has only deepened over the past decade.
Leclerc’s current contract with Ferrari expires at the end of next year, and there has been no shortage of speculation about his future. Rumors have linked him with possible moves to Mercedes and Aston Martin. Despite this, Leclerc says his main aim remains to win with Ferrari, even though they lag behind Red Bull in performance.
While other talented drivers such as Fernando Alonso have parted ways with Ferrari due to competitive shortcomings, Leclerc is optimistic. “Being a Ferrari driver is a dream for everyone,” he says, indicating that both he and the team are committed to a long-term relationship.
Leclerc’s relationship with the team also has an emotional side, due to his links with the late Jules Bianchi, his godfather and a junior Ferrari driver. In addition, Ferrari financially supported Leclerc in 2015 when his family could no longer finance his racing aspirations.
However, recent seasons have not been smooth sailing for Ferrari or Leclerc. Following the FIA’s controversial ruling in 2019 that questioned Ferrari’s engine compliance, the team had its worst performance in 40 years during the 2020 season. Although 2022 started promisingly for Ferrari and Leclerc, the season soon fell apart due to strategic missteps and mechanical failures, further widening the performance gap with Red Bull.
Frederic Vasseur has replaced Mattia Binotto as the new team manager and is working to reorient the team. Leclerc, who has known Vasseur since his GP3 days, is confident in the new leadership.
In terms of motivation, Leclerc remains unmoved. “Whenever I put on my helmet, I still feel like victory is possible,” he says. With his indefatigable spirit and deep-rooted loyalty to Ferrari, Charles Leclerc aims not only to compete, but ultimately to win a championship for the team he has grown to consider his family.
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