The Ferrari management have a task on their hands with respect to the arrival of Charles Leclerc, who has just one F1 season under his belt.
The young Sauber driver has impressed in his first season though, catching the eye of the late Marchionne, who wanted to draft him into the team right away.
Now, with Vettel committing a lot of mistakes and Leclerc promising to take the attack to all the front runners next season, there has been talk of how Ferrari would manage a 4 time world champion and a young kid who is sure to become a world champion, sooner or later.
Many have argued that Ferrari could give the number 1 status to Vettel yet again, and let Leclerc develop and find his way into F1’s elite by being the number 2 driver.
While signing on for Ferrari, Leclerc had confirmed that he would start on an equal footing with Vettel, and if he somehow falls behind during the course of the season, he will be more than happy to help Vettel secure the title.
Now, Arrivabene has in fact gone onto confirm that Vettel would in fact be Ferrari’s number 1 next season, as he feels that Vettel deserves it.
Speaking about how Vettel could help Leclerc next season, Arrivabene said that Vettel would in his entire capacity try and help Leclerc become world champion later, but first it is Vettel’s chance and Ferrari would be working towards that.
“But I would like to have Sebastian first to become world champion, he deserves it as Ferrari deserves it!” Arrivabene said.
Arrivabene said that he will try to protect Charles from the pressure and that Vettel would be the first to help Charles to one day become a world champion
Arrivabene: “But I would like to have Sebastian first to become world champion, he deserves it as Ferrari deserves it!” pic.twitter.com/oJCsq0JdCV
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) November 23, 2018
Do you think Leclerc will be okay with this statement, after having said that he and Vettel would start on equal footing next season?
Things could get a little tricky at Ferrari next season, especially if Leclerc starts outpacing Vettel.