Why Ferrari is a bad move for Leclerc

Charles Leclerc moving to Ferrari is not a good move for the youngster, says Sauber boss Fred Vasseur.

Vasseur is considered to be one of the best talent spotters in F1. He groomed the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during their early years in motorsports.

This season, Ferrari has given Vasseur their most promising junior driver Leclerc to help him master the nuances of F1 racing.

The rookie has already shown some fantastic driving and finished four races in points and is touted to be in line for a potential Ferrari seat in 2019.

But Vasseur believes that is not the right step for the young driver and says it may hamper the rookie’s growth.

Speaking with Belgium’s La Derniere Heure, Vasseur said:  “Moving from Sauber to Ferrari is a big step,”

“We cannot predict what will happen, especially when it comes to drivers getting some money.”

If Leclerc were to move to Ferrari, he may earn up to $5 million, which is a big jump from his current rookie salary. Vasseur is worried that such a big jump in income may affect a driver on a personal level.

“In the last 20 years, there have been plenty of drivers who did very good first seasons in F1,” explains Vasseur.

“I will not give names, but as soon as they touched their first cheque, they had trouble.

“They lost their roots because they discovered new things in life and lost a little bit of what they were doing.

“So we cannot anticipate,” he added.

Vasseur thinks even Ferrari knows about the effect of pay jump on new drivers.

“That’s why Ferrari is a big leap for Charles,” added Vasseur.

“And it’s why Ferrari has always hesitated to take very young drivers. They know very well the pressure that is in their system. But I’m not too worried about Charles.”

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3 thoughts on “Why Ferrari is a bad move for Leclerc”

  1. Agree, and what LeClerc needs is a better team mate to be measured against.
    Being it at HAAS or another team.

  2. Fred’s very last sentence seems to dismiss everything else he said in the previous ten odd paragraphs.

    But I agree with the sentimate. There’s no need to rush LeClerc to Ferrari. Kimi’s doing a fine job and is perfect for the current role with his immunity to politics.

    Let LeClerc hone his craft at Sauber (or Haas) for another year or two. See how he stands up against someone like K Mag as I think Errisson is quite poor.

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