The rumour mill has been churning with news of Leclerc’s supposed move to Ferrari at the end of the current F1 season. But Italy’s La Gazzeta dello Sport have gone one step further and are sure of the deal being already agreed.
According to them, the young Monegasque will earn €2m in his first year and €3m in his second. The deal offered is for 2 years and €5m is a brilliant return for someone as young and inexperienced in F1 as Leclerc.
The claims of the deal being done have also been backed by BBC Sport. Their F1 correpondent, Andrew Benson wrote, “The move comes after an impressive start to Leclerc’s F1 career this year with Sauber, including points finishes in four of the last five races.”
“If the deal is confirmed, it would mean the end of 2007 champion, Kimi Raikkonen’s five-year stay at Ferrari”, he added.
Driving for an illustrious team like Ferrari will be the dream of any youngster and Leclerc is no different. He admitted that the thought of driving for the Maranello team had crossed his mind several times.
“It is a dream since a child to drive for the red cars so hopefully this will happen one day. I will give everything for it to happen next year but the decision is not in my hands.”
“The only thing I can do is give the best of myself on track and then hopefully it will be enough to consider me for the seat next year”, said Leclerc, in a matured manner.
His current boss, Frederic Vasseur had earlier dismissed reports of a mid-season move, which seemed highly unlikely to begin with anyway. The pressure on Leclerc, if he does make the switch, will be quite immense.
But he need not look far for inspiration. His supposed teammate next year, Sebastian Vettel too was thrust into a big team at the age of 20 and he responded by the winning the title in just his third year of F1.