Charles Leclerc does not rule out leaving Ferrari F1 after the contract expires[]

Charles Leclerc has not ruled out a move from Scuderia Ferrari in the future.

Charles Leclerc, who has a long-term contract until 2024, admits the 2022 season is “up and down” for Ferrari.

However, 25-year-old Charles Leclerc told France’s L’Equipe that “all going out can make mistakes”.

These mistakes have now fueled rumors that team boss Mattia Binotto could be expelled.

“I learned not to think about it or comment on it,” said Charles Leclerc.

“But generally the best approach is to get everyone on the same wavelength making the right decisions.”

“It doesn’t necessarily mean changing people, but it’s about a communication mechanism between engineers and it needs to be made clearer.”

Mattia Binotto said the important thing is that Ferrari has made progress between 2021 and 2022.

“Obviously we made a mistake, but when you have a fast and reliable car you can hide it well,” insisted Mattia Binotto.

“Red Bull had a clear path and they needed to reduce the weight of the car.”

“For us it was more difficult because we had to improve the aero concept.”

“Did we prioritize and make the right decisions between 2022 and 2023? We will only know in 2023 if those were the right decisions.”

Some noted that Charles Leclerc ended the season in a bad mood, but others suggested that he was perhaps jealous of Max Verstappen as Red Bull’s undisputed number one.

Charles Leclerc was expected to be a driver who could carry Ferrari on his back, but he was never prioritized by the team’s owners.

Asked if Ferrari lacked a driver hierarchy, Leclerc said: “That’s something I can’t personally control.”

“So I want to focus on the things I can control, like my driving. Those things are handled internally if I feel I need to.”

Some have concluded that these comments could sound like Charles Leclerc is open-minded about leaving Ferrari once his current long-term contract expires.

“2024 is still a long way off,” said Charles Leclerc, hinting at the length of his current contract.

“There is still time left with Ferrari.”

“This team has always been my dream. My immediate goal is to win with Ferrari. Then we’ll see what happens. I’m happy here and I want to win with them.”

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