Leclerc REFUSES to rule out moving to Mercedes in the future
Ferrari star Charles Leclerc REFUSES to rule out moving to Mercedes one day – but denies he’s spoken to them – as he addresses reports he’s being lined up to replace Lewis Hamilton once he retires
- Ferrari star Charles Leclerc refused to rule out joining Mercedes one day
- He denied reports in Italy that he is already in dialogue with the Silver Arrows
- Reports claimed that Leclerc is being lined up as Lewis Hamilton’s replacement
Charles Leclerc kept alive talk of a move to Mercedes by refusing to rule out joining the team one day.
The Ferrari driver was responding to reports in Italy that he is already in dialogue with the Silver Arrows – possibly as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton, when the seven-time world champion retires.
Hamilton’s deal is up for renewal at the end of the season and negotiations are slow going.
But Hamilton has publicly committed to stick around in search of an eighth world title, so it might only be once he finally stops that Leclerc would be brought in to race alongside George Russell.
However, Mercedes do not want to be left with an empty seat in the unlikely event Hamilton were suddenly to step away and are likely to be drawing up a contingency plan.
Ferrari star Charles Leclerc has refused to rule out joining Mercedes one day
Reports claimed that Leclerc is being lined up as Lewis Hamilton’s (pictured) replacement
Asked about suggestions Mercedes and he had spoken, Leclerc said: ‘No, there have not been any conversations, not yet, not for the moment.
‘For now, I am fully focussed on the project I am in today and that is Ferrari.
‘I fully trust, I am confident, and for the future we will see, but I am fully confident of the Ferrari project.’
It is no doubt true that Leclerc’s dream is to win the world championship with Ferrari, but the rub comes if they continue to underachieve and Mercedes look the better option.
Although only 25, the Monegasque won’t want to be off the pace in the prime years of his career.
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