Ferrari Boss Binotto Explains the ‘Mentality’ That Charles Leclerc and Michael Schumacher Share

Published 01/27/2021, 12:00 AM EST
SPA, BELGIUM: Pole position qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)


Charles Leclerc finished 2 years with Ferrari at the end of 2020. It was a tough season for the team; however, the Monegasque was satisfied with his performance. Ferrari Boss, Mattia Binotto, believes Charles Leclerc will carry the bright torch that was once held by Michael Schumacher.

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While in conversation with F1’s official podcast Beyond The Grid, Binotto looked back at the time when Schumacher joined Ferrari in 1996 and drew parallels between the German and the Monegasque.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 31: Third placed finisher Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks dejected in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 31, 2019 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)

He said, “I think he is there to win. And when he puts his helmet on, he is on the track as a racer – second place is never satisfactory for him, as it wasn’t for Michael.

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“I think today we’ve got Charles [Leclerc] who is… not as experienced as Michael and is not a world champion while Michael was, but I think that we’ve got a clear leader on track, as driver, and that’s important as well.”

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He also said, “He’s fast, he’s capable of overtaking, he’s fantastic in protecting the position. I think he’s got the mentality in which winning is a clear objective for him and I think that what is pushing him in all his actions is that he will always try to win.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

With just over 2 years in Ferrari, Charles Leclerc is fast developing as a leader. Ferrari endured a winless season after 2016, Binotto pointed out that the situation was alike before the Schumacher era began.

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Schumacher arrived at Ferrari at the back of 2 championship titles. He was already experienced and a proven leader when he joined the Maranello-based outfit. Leclerc is well on the path to being Ferrari’s future leader. Do you reckon the Monegasque will emerge as Ferrari’s next champion?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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