Ferrari to play with ‘one striker’ in 2021

Mark Scott
Felipe Massa thinks Charles Leclerc could be champion before Max Verstappen.

Felipe Massa thinks Charles Leclerc could be champion before Max Verstappen.

Ferrari are going to switch formation next season and employ Charles Leclerc as its main striker, according to insider quotes from Auto Motor und Sport.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will form Ferrari’s new-look line-up from 2021 after the announcement that Sebastian Vettel will be leaving the team at the end of the current campaign, which now has eight confirmed races in Europe starting from July 5 and more grands prix to come.

With Ferrari quickly confirming Sainz as Vettel’s replacement, discussion soon turned to what role the Spaniard will play within the team during his initial two-year contract.

There is a widespread expectation that the current McLaren driver will play a number two role to the main man Leclerc, but some pundits such as Jenson Button think Ferrari are going to be very much mistaken if they think Sainz will settle for that driver dynamic.

But, via an unnamed Ferrari source via Auto Motor und Sport, a football analogy was used to say Leclerc is in fact the chosen one as the Scuderia look to avoid another power struggle which occurred between him and Vettel throughout the 2019 season.

“In the future we will play 4-4-1-1 instead of 4-4-2,” the source said, with Sainz playing behind the focal point that is Leclerc.

“If Hamilton and Rosberg had been driving in the same team again in 2017, it could have backfired on Mercedes.

“We had a car that was good enough to benefit from it.”

Guess we will just have to wait and see how it plays out…

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