Alfa Romeo principal Frederic Vasseur believes Charles Leclerc is coping better with the pressure at Ferrari than Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes’ heavy points scoring in 2019 has put rivals Ferrari under heavy pressure with the team still yet to secure a win in 2019 despite several chances to do so.
Leclerc suffered reliability issues while leading the Bahrain Grand Prix, Vettel was controversially denied victory in Canada by the stewards, while Leclerc would have been in contention to win the bonkers German GP if he hadn’t have crashed out.
Both drivers are feeling the pressure to turn the Scuderia’s fortunes around, but Vasseur, who was Leclerc’s boss last season at Sauber, feels the young Monegasque driver is handling the pressure better than his more experienced team-mate.
“I did not expect that Charles would settle in at Ferrari so quickly,” Vasseur is quoted by Sportsmole as having told French broadcaster Canal Plus.
“Everything seems a bit more difficult for Vettel. Both of them are under pressure from Mercedes but Leclerc is coping with it better.”
Vasseur teased that Leclerc may now be the better choice for Ferrari’s number one driver.
“Charles had a great first half of the season,” Vasseur stated. “Of course, that was not the case at every race, but I’m not talking about his crash in Germany.
“Last weekend also ended badly for both of the Mercedes drivers, the last two corners were very slippery and many made mistakes.
“But from the beginning of the weekend he (Leclerc) looked fast enough even to be on pole, and he also performed strongly in the three or four grands prix before it.”