Would Charles Leclerc Leave Ferrari for Double Salary to Another F1 Team? – “I Want to…”

Published 04/28/2021, 7:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

It is a no-brainer that Charles Leclerc is one of the fastest drivers on the grid at the moment alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. And it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if rival teams come up with an offer for the Ferrari driver.


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But would the Monegasque put his pen to paper if such an offer arrives at his doorstep? Well, Leclerc made it very clear that he will not be heading out of the Maranello outfit anytime soon.

What’s more, he revealed he would reject the offer even if the salary is double the amount of what he is receiving at his dream team at the moment.


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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Apparently, Leclerc has been dreaming of racing for Ferrari since his childhood days. And now, with the dream very much alive, Leclerc isn’t necessarily keen on ending it for money.

Furthermore, he explained that he has certain goals to accomplish with the prancing stallion. Hence, he would not be heading out until he hits the targets in the coming years.

Ferrari is special: Charles Leclerc

Speaking to Ilgiornale, Leclerc spoke about his chances of shifting to a different team in the coming years.

No. Because Ferrari is special. Money is important, but I believe in the project and I want to go all the way with the team I dreamed of as a child.

And when I have something in mind, I want to go through with it. There are no offers that hold: I feel great here and I want to reach the goal I have set myself and I will not leave until I have achieved it.

(Translated from Italian using Google Translate)

Leclerc’s contract with Ferrari will remain active until the end of the 2024 season. And initial signs hint at the team extending their contract with Leclerc too, possibly until 2028.


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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Of course, these aren’t surprising considering Leclerc stuck with the team despite their horrendous downfall in 2020. Furthermore, he is playing a massive hand in helping the team fight through the revival stage and return to the top step.

By the looks of it, Ferrari are already halfway there. And with the enormous regulation changes coming into play from 2022, Ferrari could be eyeing to make a huge leap in performance, hoping to join Red Bull and Mercedes for the title race. But only time will tell if they could succeed in the pursuit of the championship title.


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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.