Leclerc is replacing Kimi Raikkonen at the Scuderia after just one campaign in Formula 1 and there will be a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders regardless of his relative inexperience.
However, Leclerc sees it differently, and is taking the pressure off by already coming to terms with the possibility that Ferrari should drop him if his performances are not good enough in his first season with the team.
“If you ask me about the pressure, I think I can handle this because I have a mentality that I don’t feel the pressure at all,” Leclerc told the ‘Beyond the Grid’ podcast.
“I know lots of people say, ‘yeah but the pressure in Ferrari is on another level’, but my mentality allows me to take off all the pressure.
“I don’t really take into consideration what people are expecting from me. The only thing I do is focus on myself and try to give the best possible performance on track.
“I’m also very honest. If I’m not good enough next year, I should be dropped by Ferrari and this would be completely understandable for me. This is how I see it.
“If I’m good enough, I deserve to stay there. If I’m not, I deserve to be left off and I think that takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders.”
Leclerc also warned that he is not going to Ferrari to be immediately installed as a number two driver to Sebastian Vettel.
“In every team you start the year on an equal status,” he added.
“And then at one point, once one driver is fighting for the championship and one is not, then I believe it’s normal for the second driver to help the first one, which I’m ready to do in case I am the second driver and I don’t have my chances to win the championship.
“But apart from that, I don’t think I will go there to be a second driver.”
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