Charles Leclerc has decided to continue with Ferrari by extending his contract. This news comes shortly after the confirmation of Lando Norris extending his contract with McLaren. While Leclerc's initial contract was initially set to conclude at the end of the 2024 season, he has now prolonged his commitment, though the specific end year remains undisclosed.
Despite facing challenges during his time with the team, Ferrari's leaders have placed significant trust in Leclerc, believing he can play a crucial role in the team's future success. The extension reflects their confidence in Leclerc's skills and talent, making him a key figure for the team. Leclerc expresses his happiness and gratitude for this opportunity, especially considering Ferrari has been his favorite team since childhood. Racing for Ferrari has only strengthened his connection, and he now views the team as a second family.
“I’m very pleased to know that I will be wearing the Scuderia Ferrari race suit for several more seasons to come,” Leclerc said, as quoted by crash.net
“To race for this team has been my dream since I was three years old: I used to watch the Monaco Grand Prix from the window of a friend’s apartment at Ste. Devote corner and I would always look out for the red cars.
This team is my second family ever since I joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016 and we have achieved a lot together, fighting through thick and thin over the past five years."
The Monegasque is looking forward to the start of the new season, given that he has set big goals for himself and the team. Leclerc wants to make a big step forward this time. Although many consider it a somewhat unrealistic option that Leclerc could win the championship, Charles is an optimist. It will be interesting to follow his progress and see if Ferrari can give him a car with which he can achieve success. Leclerc is now a much more experienced driver than he was. That could be the key thing in the seasons ahead.
“However, I believe the best is yet to come and I can’t wait for this season to start, to make further progress and be competitive at every race. My dream remains that of winning the World Championship with Ferrari and I’m sure that in the years ahead, we will enjoy great times together and make our fans happy.”
Fred Vasseur reacted
Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur explained the decision to extend Charles Leclerc's contract by highlighting the strong bond between Leclerc and the Scuderia. Vasseur pointed out that Leclerc has been a part of the Ferrari family for eight years, even before officially joining the team. According to Vasseur, the values shared between Leclerc and the team made it a natural choice to continue their collaboration. When you have been in one team for so many years, there is certainly great chemistry between you and the rest of the team. Leclerc arrived as a boy in this great F1 team, and his staying for so long is only a confirmation of his qualities.
From the first day of his arrival in this team, Leclerc worked hard and gave his best to help the team. And this time he wants the same. The Monegasque believes that winning is the best way to thank Ferrari for giving him a chance.
Vasseur praised Leclerc's qualities, including his determination to consistently push his limits and his exceptional skills in racing situations, especially in battles and overtaking maneuvers. Ferrari leaders noticed his talent a long time ago and realized that it was necessary to hire such a driver.
The team is dedicated to providing Leclerc with a competitive car, and Vasseur believes that Leclerc's commitment and determination will play a crucial role in helping Ferrari achieve its goals.
The decision to extend the contract is based on a shared understanding and confidence in Leclerc's abilities and his positive impact on the team's success.
The extension of the contract will certainly be more of a motive for the 26-year-old driver to help the team achieve its goals. Ferrari leaders have set big goals for the next season. Leclerc and Sainz have quality, but it will be interesting to see if they can really meet the expectations of the leaders of this team.
Carlos Sainz still hasn't extended his contract, but there is more and more talk about Sainz making the same decision as Leclerc. More will be known in the next few days.
His contract extension would certainly be a significant thing for Ferrari, given that Sainz is also a quality driver who can help Ferrari achieve success.