Charles Leclerc’s agent makes F1 champion claim despite heavy 2023 points loss

Charles Leclerc’s agent Nicolas Todt believes that the Ferrari driver is ready to be an F1 world champion. Leclerc, 25, won three races in the 2022 season on his way to a second-place finish in the driver championship behind longtime rival, Max Verstappen.

However, the 2022 campaign was littered with inconsistencies with both the driver and in the pit lane. Poor strategy decisions often plagued Ferrari’s races, hampering both Lerclerc and his teammate, Carlos Sainz. And so a change was made at the top, with Fred Vasseur replacing Mattia Binotto.

But 2023 hasn’t been any better, with the car far from competing for race wins, and Leclerc finds himself sitting fifth in the driver standings after 12 races. His best finish came in Austria, standing second on the podium at the end of the race weekend.

To make matters worse for Leclerc and Ferrari, the driver and the team have hemorrhaged the most points when compared to the same stage last season. Leclerc is 71 points worse off, while Ferrari is a total of 123 points behind their 2022 haul after 12 races. Nonetheless, Leclerc’s agent, Todt, believes he is ready to be the F1 world champion.

“I knew that Charles was a great kart driver, but I didn’t know that he had the potential to already become runner-up in Formula 1 and that he has everything it takes to be world champion there,” he told the Track Limits podcast. “At the beginning, we agreed to finance him another year in karting and if he did well, I gave him my word that I would help him as much as I can and he has never disappointed me, quite the opposite.”

Todt added: “Today, I spend more time with Charles, it is my priority, as a friend and client. I think he needs more attention than Jose Maria Lopez in the WEC with Toyota or James Calado who is also there with Ferrari. They all need our attention, but they are more independent, they know better how to deal with themselves. I am open to helping them whenever they see fit, although my priority is Formula 1.”

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F1 returns for its 13th race of the season following a summer break. Red Bull are yet to lose a race this season, with three-peat-chasing F1 world champion Max Verstappen crossing the line in the first ten times this season, and the last eight in a row. The Dutchman’s teammate, Sergio Perez, claimed victory in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.

Leclerc and Verstappen’s rivalry dates back to their karting days. The Ferrari driver famously pushed Verstappen off the track, which provoked an “It’s not fair” rant from the Red Bull No. 1. However, this weekend, Leclerc may have to watch as Verstappen tries to match an F1 record held by Sebastian Vettel for the most consecutive race wins (9) and Zandvoort, Max’s home race, will play host.

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