While Ferrari is having a very complicated start to the season and rumors have circulated about him, Charles Leclerc said he believed in Frédéric Vasseur’s ability to redress the situation and build a bright future for the Italian team.
Charles Leclerc intends to silence the rumours. With only one podium since the start of the season thanks to his third place in Baku, the 2022 vice-world champion is suffering the full brunt of Ferrari’s more than delicate start to the season. Nevertheless, at the end of a painful Miami Grand Prix for him and his team, the Monegasque does not intend to let go and believes in Frédéric Vasseur’s ability to reverse the trend.
« I think he is just beginning the process, said Charles Leclerc in an interview with the official F1 website. So far, he has tried to analyze the situation as quickly as possible in order to make the best possible changes for the future. I think most of the work will be done from now on so we’ll see. Assuring that he “discussed a lot” with his new boss, the driver with five F1 victories added that he was “aware of his plans for the team in the medium and long term”.
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Leclerc: “I fully trust him”
The combination of Ferrari’s struggles and the changing organization chart of the Maranello-based team have sparked rumours. In particular, there was talk of an interest on the part of Mercedes for the Monegasque, which Toto Wolff did not deny, indicating that this was not an immediate subject. Nevertheless, Charles Leclerc claims to have confidence in Frédéric Vasseur. ” I am totally behind him and I trust him fully “, he said.
Adding to be “convinced that the right choices have been made and that this is going in the right direction for the team”, the dolphin of Max Verstappen last year does not hide his impatience when he does not have the weapons to fight with the Dutchman on the track. However, if Ferrari intends to develop its single-seater in the weeks and months to come, it is not necessarily the only solution to the concerns of the Italian team.
“To be completely honest, the problem in Miami was not the potential of the car, said Charles Leclerc. I think we respond when everything falls into place. The concern comes more from the use of the tools at our disposal than from the evolutions. It remains to be seen whether, from Imola, Ferrari will be able to get back on track.