Despite 12X F1 Champ’s Availability, Ferrari Veteran Shatters Charles Leclerc’s Hopes of an Immediate Turnaround

Published 04/20/2023, 12:46 PM EDT

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In a sport like Formula 1, a lot of individual things have to come good to become a championship-winning team. That being said, the bulk of the weightage is given to the car. It’s no secret that in this sport, having a good car is more important than having a good driver pairing. For a team like Ferrari, they already have a very solid driver lineup in the shape of Monegasque, Charles Leclerc, and Spaniard, Carlos Sainz. The only thing left now to sort out is the other gremlins plaguing the Scuderia.

For a driver like Leclerc, only one thing would be occupying his mind currently; that elusive maiden world title. However, given how things have been going for Ferrari, a quick turnaround just isn’t possible. A lot has been made of the solutions that the team from Maranello can employ, however, even the best ones fail in comparison to the magnitude of Ferrari’s problems.

Even Adrian Newey can’t save Ferrari


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Newey has been the bulwark of Red Bull‘s success. In the entirety of his illustrious F1 career, the man who can see air can be credited with designing cars that have won 12 driver’s titles and 11 constructors’ titles. That being said, his genius isn’t good enough to salvage Ferrari.

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Ex-Ferrari hero, Jean Alesi told Eurosport France, “If Adrian Newey arrives, he wouldn’t change that much, it’s not like in the past; if he too arrives, we won’t be able to see him at work before 2025 and Ferrari cannot afford this period of time.”


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“However, I believe that Frederic Vasseur is the right man: if he manages to achieve the objectives of reliability, performance and stability, I don’t see why he shouldn’t succeed,” [translated via Google Translate]

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With no quick solution in sight to their problems, their star driver has now intervened to give his two cents on Ferrari’s miserable start to the 2023 season.

Charles Leclerc still hopes to salvage 2023


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Currently, as things stand, there’s no hope in terms of championship glory for Charles Leclerc. That being said, the 25-year-old Monacan racing ace still hopes to fight for glory as soon as Ferrari decide to clean their act up.

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Leclerc was quoted by PlanetF1.com as saying, “I think in the situation we are in as a team, we take this as an opportunity to work as much as possible during this break, in order to get upgrades as quickly as possible and be as competitive as we want sooner in this season.”


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Written by:

Anirban Aly Mandal


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Anirban Aly Mandal is a senior F1 writer at EssentiallySports, with over 500 articles published on the platform. Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 while playing on his computer, and he has since then dived deep into the world of motorsports. Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai