Charles Leclerc says he has “always had a good relationship” with Frederic Vasseur, who has been tipped to take over as Ferrari crew principal.
Vasseur has headed up Sauber’s Formula 1 crew, at the moment branded as Alfa Romeo, since 2017. Leclerc drove for the crew in his first season as a grand prix driver the next 12 months, earlier than transferring to Ferrari.
At the top of final month Ferrari introduced Mattia Binotto had determined to step down as crew principal. Asked in at present’s FIA Gala press convention whether or not Vasseur can be effectively suited to take over from him Leclerc mentioned: “Ferrari is a very different team to any other team. I can only comment on my experience with Fred which obviously has been good.
“I’ve been working with Fred already from the junior categories where he has believed in me and we’ve always had a good relationship. But apart from that, obviously this shouldn’t influence any of the other decisions.
“He has always been very straightforward, very honest and this is something that I liked from from Fred. Whether it will be him or not, I don’t know, and we’ll see hopefully in the in the next few months.”
Ferrari chairman John Elkann and CEO Benedetto Vigna will determined who to nominate as the brand new crew principal. Leclerc didn’t categorical a view who they need to choose. “Obviously it’s also not my decision, John and Benedetto are going to take the decision,” he mentioned.
“We are just trying to focus our job on the simulator with the team in order to have the best racecar possible for next year.”
Leclerc mentioned he revered Binotto’s determination to maneuver on after 4 years in control of the crew.
“Mattia called me to announce that he will stop,” he mentioned. “I respect his decision and I can only thank him.
“Obviously he has believed in me right from the start. He extended me with a very, very long contract. And before being team principal, he was also inside the scuderia for many, many years and he has contributed to the success that the team had in the in the past years.
“So I wish him the best and obviously now it’s up to us to focus on the future, try and take the right choices in order to be a bit more of a challenge to Red Bull next year.”
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