Charles Leclerc weighing up ‘different options’ with Ferrari future on agenda

Jamie Woodhouse
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2023.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2023.

While reiterating his desire for title glory with Ferrari, Charles Leclerc said, as is the case with all Formula 1 drivers, he must be open to “different options”.

Leclerc climbed through the Ferrari Driver Academy ranks to graduate into Formula 1 for 2018, joining the Ferrari line-up for the following season where he has gone on to achieve 20 pole positions and five grand prix wins.

But, with his Ferrari contract set to expire at the end of the 2024 campaign, talks are yet to begin over fresh terms.

Charles Leclerc cannot turn blind eye to options

While Ferrari are yet to provide the machinery which could allow Leclerc to sustain a title challenge, it remains very much the goal of the Monégasque driver to take Ferrari back to the pinnacle of Formula 1, the team having not tasted title success since 2008.

But, with his future at this point uncertain, he must weigh up all possibilities, with the likes of Mercedes and Aston Martin having been credited as potential future homes.

“I think every driver considers all the different options, but in my case the first dream is to become World Champion with Ferrari,” Leclerc told Motorsport.com.

“I want that more than anything else, so if there is the slightest opportunity that can happen, I will have no doubts and push to stay where I am.”

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Leclerc said references to a new Ferrari deal have not gone beyond a “few jokes” at this stage, but he knows the team has other ongoing priorities to address before that, and so at this stage is not stressing too much over the situation.

A key priority of course is to find performance as Red Bull continue to blitz all competition, boasting a perfect record of 12 wins from 12 in F1 2023.

“I have always loved Ferrari, and it has always been my dream to be where I am today,” said Leclerc.

“It is clear that within the team no one is happy with the situation we are in, but I feel at home here. I can’t add much because there have been no negotiations yet, apart from a few jokes.

“We had other priorities, and we probably still have them, we are just focusing on what is really important, which is to get back to being competitive as quickly as possible.”

Scoring a P2 finish in the Constructors’ Championship is now the height of what is possible for Ferrari in F1 2023, with the gap to Mercedes who currently hold that spot standing at 56 points.

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