“There’s no clear number one”- Charles Leclerc reveals that Mattia Binotto made it clear that both drivers would need to vie.
Charles Leclerc, in recent revelation, disclosed that he is not the number one man for Ferrari in 2021, though the opposite was believed since his arrival in Ferrari in 2019.
But Leclerc claims that Mattia Binotto has made it clear to him and his new teammate that there are no favourites in the current lineup, and they may have to battle against each other if the need arises.
“While I’ve spent more time in Ferrari than Carlos did so, I have more experience with Ferrari. I don’t think there is a clear leader,” Leclerc told a press conference at the Bahrain preseason test. “I think Mattia made it clear. And that’s good.
“I am here in Formula 1 to fight against the best, and I think Carlos is extremely talented and we’ll just push each other to do perform better every time we are on track, but, but yeah, as, as the team mentioned, there’s no clear number one.”
Getting along well with Carlos Sainz
Sainz has a reputation of clicking well with his teammates, and the fans thoroughly admired his recent relationship with Lando Norris. Leclerc claims that he also is building a strong relationship with the Spaniard.
“I think I’ve never spent as much time as I did with him before I started the season, as I did with other teammates,” said Leclerc. “We are getting on very very well, and working well together.
“He’s also very talented, and it’s interesting to see how the data that he’s in the car and comparing it. [I] can’t wait to be in the car at the same time to compare it properly.”
After Ferrari finished P6 on the table last season, the duo of Leclerc and Sainz is motivated to bring back the team on the winning ways with the recent improvements.
“With Carlos, we seem to have very similar feeling of the car — very similar comments, so we are going in the same direction, both of us with our comments,” he said.
“Carlos is bringing experience from other teams – that is very interesting, and that is also giving us new roads to explore. So this is very interesting.”
“The mentality of the team itself is still as motivated as last year and is really willing to push to better things better days coming soon.”