Is Charles Leclerc the gifted magician who will write a new chapter in his Ferrari journey?
Many have come to Ferrari in the past from esteemed racing outfits, saddled the horse and left straight away for the big mission: to win a world championship. And yet, many waned out trying, realising that while they were gifted with irreplaceable skills, perhaps it wasn’t their destiny to tame the prancing horse. Think of Fernando Alonso, who, in his battles with Sebastian Vettel, then with Red Bull, gave it everything, coming mighty close to lifting a third title in 2013, which albeit was never went to be.
Think of Sebastian Vettel, who in a half a decade stint, much like the Spanish Samurai, tried his level best to tame the wild horse and control the Mercedes onslaught, only to end the run minus a crown.
But in Charles Leclerc, formerly with Sauber, Ferrari finally seem to have found a driver who has it in him to stand up to the best names on the grid, two of which found little answer to his massive wins at Spa and Monza, that too, in the Monegasque’s maiden season with the Italian team.
So even as the current conception of the sport sees Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton painting the sport with vivacious colors of grit and resolve, Charles Leclerc is still playing his role at Ferrari.
While it is podiums that can hopefully yield race wins that have escaped his grasp so far in 2021, with the exception of a solitary P2 at Britian, Charles has already demonstrated his penchant for domination with the SF 90, picture the brilliant pole positions at Monaco, his home race event, and Baku, home to the Azerbaijan GP.
Today, the Tifosi, much like any other purist would definitely be thinking about a key question. What if the 2021 Ferrari machine were to be as powerful in straight line speed as the Mercedes and the Red Bull- where might the sport’s most iconic outfit be in the rankings?
For while it was pleasing to see Leclerc leading the 2021 grid on two separate occasions, what wasn’t was the fact that both Hamilton and later, Verstappen made light work of the SF 90 on the straights at Baku, the seven-time world champion passing Leclerc minus the DRS advantage, if you happen to recollect.
But in a sport where you win some just as you lose some, such heartbreaks have done little to dissuade the confidence of the soon to be 24-year-old, who admitted he possesses the determination to bring glory to Maranello.
Charles Leclerc on his Ferrari dream
As a matter of fact, Charles Leclerc considers it his duty to bring success to Ferrari, a team with which he’s due to race, at least, until the end of the 2024 season.
In a recent conversation with an auto journal, the young and peppy driver expressed his desire to succeed with the famous racing outfit, one which has fuelled his ambition to succeed in Formula 1. Here’s what Charles Leclerc exclaimed, “Obviously, I would love to be in the fight for the title with them and it’s great to see there is actually a battle. On the other hand, I am very happy with where I am now and it’s an incredible challenge to have the duty to bring Ferrari back to the top. The story will only be better if we managed to do so as a team.”
That being said, while so far, 2021 has seen Sainz getting the measure of Charles, instead of the other way around, which Leclerc’s fans would’ve anticipated, there are still 10 races remaining. Let’s see what Leclerc brings in what’s left of the season!