Yeah replace the most successful Ferrari in the hybrid era who is also a four time world champ with a rookie because that's real smart. smh.
I think you need to thank the engine guys at Maranello and the designer (Simone Resta) for the fastest Hybrid era Ferrari in which Vettel emotionally crumbled quite spectacularly. He didn’t win those “4” at Ferrari, nor do they hold any particular value to me. Have a look at the highlights reel F1 official have put up of Leclerc’s F2 season. Such sublime racing is once in a lifetime experience, Vettel has produced nothing like that in his career. The last time someone that good appeared in F2/GP2 was a certain Mr. L. Hamilton.
Leclerc has shown to be remarkably calm and collected even in the most difficult of circumstances. He could have quit motorsport after the death of his mentor and idol Jules Bianchi, instead he upped his racing, showing more commitment than ever.
Charles raced days after losing his father this year, reminding me of the sheer racing steel the Schumacher brothers showed after losing their mother.
Leclerc is a product of OUR driver Academy it would be a travesty if he never drove for the main team imminently. Ferrari need to be proud of the talent they are unearthing otherwise the FDA is a waste of time. Charles has shown he is ready, Vettel failed, Marchionne will use 2018 as the final chance and then, the best thing to happen to Ferrari since Schumacher will arrive.
I genuinely can’t wait for Charles Leclerc to race in F1 next year, I think it will be a momentous occasion for Alfa Romeo (welcome back!) Sauber, Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy. I have no doubt in my mind he will be incredibly successful, he has the speed, the mind management and affability of a proper Ferrari racer. In 2019, this young man will be a Ferrari Champion, a driver to be proud of, it will be an honour to watch his debut season.
Words cannot express how proud I am of the Ferrari team, both on the track and at the factory. They built a monster of a car, improved the engine AND kept up the development race. Their never say die attitude and complete devotion to Ferrari may have rubbed some sensitive flakes up the wrong way – but that is why Ferrari are the most loved team on the grid. It was our team who kept Mercedes honest, GIVE THEM THE CREDIT THEY DESERVE.
We go into 2018 with optimism, hope and some level of scepticism. I have complete faith in my team and their talent. If anything, this season has only heightened my sense that we have the wrong driver in Vettel, I don’t believe he is capable of winning a title for us and he most certainly doesn’t deserve a three year contract extension. Kimi has improved significantly compared to his 2016 season. I only hope Kimi’s upwards trajectory continues next season.
Forza Ferrari! And Thank you for 2017. Onwards to 2018.