REPORTS: Marko Looking to Poach Leclerc from Ferrari to Form Verstappen F1 Pairing at Red Bull F1

Published 07/13/2021, 10:44 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


The Formula One Silly Season generally throws up several interesting rumors in terms of driver line-up. This time, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko suggested that they could recruit Charles Leclerc alongside Max Verstappen. Last year, Leclerc was a standout driver and defeated teammate Sebastian Vettel.

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While he ran circles around Vettel, the same cannot be said against Carlos Sainz Jr. Admittedly, Leclerc is not exactly getting preferential treatment, and the Spaniard is making him sweat. Now, some suggest that Leclerc could approach Red Bull and Marko in order to create a ‘dream team’ with Verstappen.

Truthfully speaking, such a line-up seems very tempting on paper. The rumors cropped up due to talks of performance-related exit clauses for Ferrari. This is largely because the Italian marquee seems to be slipping in the race for third in the constructor’s championship.

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How would a Verstappen-Leclerc Red Bull line-up fair?

Naturally, a Verstappen-Leclerc team-up could be a potentially deadly one, especially considering that the two are young and hungry drivers who are eager for success. Against a Mercedes team that could potentially boast of a Lewis Hamilton-George Russell line-up, this could be fun.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

For obvious reasons, Ferrari may be hesitant to see their star driver leave Italian soil. On the other hand, Red Bull seem fairly satisfied with Sergio Perez, who is doing a stellar job.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes may have confirmed Hamilton for another two years. However, the second Mercedes seat is still up in the air, with Russell and Valtteri Bottas fighting for it.

The talks of Russell joining Mercedes are getting stronger; this is in spite of repeated assurances that Mercedes is happy with the Finn. Russell also recently insisted that a Mercedes announcement was not expected anytime soon. Most certainly not at this weekend’s 2021 British Grand Prix.

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