Charles Leclerc hopes Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin adventure goes well but, more than that, he hopes Ferrari beat them.
This season has seen an unexpected turn around in the form books with Racing Point ahead of Ferrari in the standings.
While the Scuderia has struggled with its SF1000 and its under-performing engine, Racing Point and its pink Mercedes has been running just off the podium.
Racing Point has scored one top-three result on its way to fifth place in the standings with 134 points while Ferrari has two podiums but only 103 points.
Next season Vettel, who has scored just 18 of Ferrari’s points, is swapping the Scuderia for Racing Point having been informed by team boss Mattia Binotto that his services are not required for 2021.
“I wish that his new adventure [at Aston Martin] goes well for him!” Leclerc told Bild.
“Thanks to Seb, I have grown as a driver, but also as a person.
“I was impressed by the way he works with the team, the way he evaluates the data and how he gives feedback. He is incredibly professional and everyone respects him.
“Even though we had some problems on the track like in Brazil last year (laughs), the respect between us was always there.”
The Monégasque driver is, however, hopeful that next season Ferrari will be ahead of Racing Point, which will be rebranded Aston Martin.
“I am sure that we will do a good job here at Ferrari and that we will make a big step forward in the next season – and in the end we will be ahead,” he said.
“My goal is to bring Ferrari back to where this team deserves to be – and this is certainly the first place.
“I will give everything for this and this is also my dream since I was little.”
While Ferrari has struggled this season, Mercedes has romped to a seventh successive Constructors’ title with four races to spare.
Leclerc says he has “huge respect” for what Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, who is chasing his seventh World title has achieved.
“Mercedes has does a great job and I have huge respect for the work they are doing,” he said.
“But I prefer to stay with Ferrari and do what I can to bring the team back to where we want to be. I am sure that we will succeed.”
Would you sometimes like to have a Mercedes engine?@Charles_Leclerc : "No, no. I am at Ferrari and proud to be here. Ferrari is a legend of F1. All I want at the moment, is to bring Ferrari, our engine and our car back to the top."#F1 #Sportbild
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) November 4, 2020
“I am at Ferrari and proud to be here. Ferrari is a legend of F1. All I want at the moment, is to bring Ferrari, our engine and our car back to the top.”