Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton says it would be unfair to place the expectation of a title fight on Charles Leclerc’s proverbial shoulders in his first year at Ferrari and only his first year in Formula 1 overall.
Leclerc was promoted to the Italian squad, where his partner will be none other than Seb5, Sebastian Vettel, a four time world champion, Vettel won four times as many titles than Charles Leclerc has in F1.
Expectations however are very high for the young Monegasque, people piping him to be much more of a challenger to Sebastian Vettel than his predecessor, Kimi Raikkonen ever was, although Ferrari are most likely going to focus on prioritising Vettel as the team’s number one.
When asked whether Charles Leclerc could be as strong as Vettel or perhaps even a championship contender, five-time world champion Hamilton said:
“It would be unfair to put that kind of expectation on his shoulders.
“It’s his second year, he’s young, he’s going to make mistakes. He’s obviously very quick, very talented, and hopefully, most likely, he’s going to surprise many, many people.
“[However] you’re talking about a veteran out there who is a four-time world champion.
“There’s no substitute for experience. So, it will be interesting to see how those two parallels work together.
“Sebastian is a multiple world champion and Charles has lots of experiences to go through. The great thing with a youngster is you’re energised beyond belief and determined.”
Hamilton found himself in a very similar situation in his first season at McLaren, where his team-mate was none other than Fernando Alonso a two time world champion, therefore, there definitely is a precedent for it. We shall wait and see how Charles does this year.
Foto-credit: Scuderia Ferrari F1
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