Charles Leclerc Hits Back At ‘Title Favourite’ Label

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc may be emerging as a new favourite for the 2024 world championship.

In Montreal, Red Bull consultant Dr Helmut Marko told Kleine Zeitung newspaper that after the first three races of the season, “the world championship looked so easy” for Max Verstappen to win again.

But now, with Charles Leclerc’s win for Ferrari from pole in Monaco coupled with Red Bull’s handling problems, Marko is nervously looking at the Monegasque.

“He has definitely made an incredible step forward and has great self-confidence,” said Marko, who says Leclerc’s Ferrari is now “universally fast on all tracks”.

Another figure pointing at Leclerc as the favourite in Montreal this weekend is McLaren’s Lando Norris.

“They always say that,” smiled Leclerc, “whether it’s Helmut Marko or Lando.

“But nobody wants to hear that they’re the favourite, so I’ll never say that,” he insisted.

However, Leclerc does agree that Ferrari has “improved more than anyone in the last seven or eight months”, and he admits that at least on paper, Verstappen and Red Bull can now be beaten.

The 26-year-old added: “We have to take every opportunity and the same approach, but I’m not thinking about the championship. I’m thinking about winning races at every grand prix and keep improving.”

McLaren team boss Andrea Stella also said in Montreal: “I do agree with Charles that Ferrari is in the quest to become world champion on both championships.”


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

More in News

Alexander Albon Coy On 2025 Williams Stay

Which Driver Would Complement Alex Albon at Williams Racing for 2025

With the 2024 season reaching the halfway point the driver ...
Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday - George Russell leads Lewis Hamilton

Only FIA Can Clip Mercedes’ Front Wings Says Red Bull

Dr Helmut Marko admits Red Bull has concerns about the ...
F1 Grand Prix Of Emilia Romagna Practice & Qualifying

F1 CEO Not Worried About 2026 Rules Controversy

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says he's confident the controversy surrounding ...
Aston Martin logo

Adrian Newey Visits Aston Martin For Private F1 Team Tour

The possibility that Adrian Newey will re-emerge at Aston Martin ...
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 09: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 arrives on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 09, 2024 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202406091146 // Usage for editorial use only //

Verstappen Will Reign Again: But Competition Is Key for Casual F1 Fans

After a pulsating Canadian Grand Prix, there was clearly a ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle