Charles Leclerc to succeed Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes F1?[F1-Gate.com]

Charles Leclerc is said to be hoping to take over Lewis Hamilton’s job at Mercedes F1.

After an excellent start to the 2022 season, the question arose as to whether Charles Leclerc’s position within the team would be better explained when Ferrari dropped points.

Although his rival Max Verstappen has a clear position within Red Bull, Ferrari executives did not want the season to develop with Charles Leclerc as first driver.

Formulapassion.it reports that if Frédéric Vasseur is appointed as Ferrari’s new team principal, he can be honest about installing Charles Leclerc as first driver.

According to the site, Charles Leclerc is interested in a future for Mercedes F1 should Lewis Hamilton retire, so it is a very urgent matter for Ferrari to keep Leclerc attached to the team.

Charles Leclerc’s current contract with Ferrari expires after 2024. Italian newspapers have emphasized that Frédéric Vasseur could be the right person to keep Charles Leclerc at Ferrari.

Frédéric Vasseur, for example, knows how to handle the hierarchy that Charles Leclerc aims for. Leclerc has known Vasseur since 2018 when he drove for Sauber. In addition, the pair maintain a good relationship with Leclerc’s manager and the son of former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, Nicola Todt.

Charles Leclerc’s role is believed to have influenced the appointment of Frédéric Vasseur and, in turn, the dismissal of Mattia Binotto.

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 will see what happens. I am happy here and I want to win with them.”

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