“Will Definitely Become A World Champion” : Alfa Romeo Manager Compares Charles Leclerc to F1’s Greatest Driver

Published 06/04/2020, 3:49 AM EDT


Charles Leclerc had a brilliant first season at Ferrari. The young Monegasque was so good that he displaced a 4-time world champion as the team’s number one driver. He was even rewarded with a never before seen 5-year contract with Ferrari. It’s clear to anyone who has watched Leclerc race that he has a bright future and a number of trophies to be collected ahead.

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Before joining The Prancing Horse, Leclerc had done a good job at Alfa Romeo in 2018. Alfa Romeo’s team manager already knew what a phenomenal talent he was.

“I’ve never seen a driver like Charles Leclerc before”- Zehnder

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Team manager for Alfa Romeo, Beat Zehnder was in conversation with Motorsport.com. Talking about Charles, He said, ” It was very interesting to work with a young boy again. We had done this before at Sauber, but since a long time we really had a special driver. I’ve never seen a driver like Charles before. He really was a reward for the team after many tough years.”

Zehnder further compared him to some of the game’s all-time greats saying, “ In terms of speed you can compare Charles with Kimi and besides that he has the working posture of Michael Schumacher. Give him a good car and he will definitely become a world champion.”

Leclerc’s former partner at Alfa Romeo, Marcus Ericsson was also full of praise for the Monegasque. Ericsson said, “ When he went to Ferrari I knew he would be competitive right away. However, I didn’t expect him to do so well in his first year. he’s a very special driver that will only help Ferrari further forward.”

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It’s safe to say that the Tifosi will agree with these praises for Leclerc. They’ll be hoping that Leclerc can bag a drivers’ championship for Ferrari after a 13-year wait. They’ll also have their hopes pinned on him for a constructors’ championship after 12 years. If he builds on last year’s performances he’ll be breaking Ferrari’s drought sooner rather than later.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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