Leclerc expects thrilling battle with Sainz

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Ferrari’s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc denied that he would be given number one status at the fabled Italian outfit after the departure of Sebastian Vettel.

Causing a stir in the race-less time during the coronavirus crisis, Ferrari has recently announced the departure of its quadruple world champion driver, Sebastian Vettel. The German’s seat will be occupied by Carlos Sainz who will form Ferrari’s youngest driver pairing in the last fifty years with Charles Leclerc.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Leclerc hailed his future teammate, Carlos Sainz, indicating that Ferrari will not present him with the number one status. “I'm not going to be number one at Ferrari. I think Carlos is a fabulous driver, and if that's not yet obvious to people, he will prove it at Ferrari from 2021. It will be a terrific challenge for me.”

In their first mutual year at Ferrari, Charles Lerclerc and Sebastian Vettel have had a few feisty moments. While the German was suffering from the SF90 that was far from his liking, Leclerc was adamant to establish his place inside the Maranello-based team. Despite their unpeaceful get-togethers, the 22-year-old has revealed that he has been able to benefit from the experiences of his quadruple world champion teammate.

“He taught me a lot. I can count myself lucky to have him as a stable companion because he is an extremely experienced pilot,” he concluded.