The existing contract of Leclerc with Ferrari is set to expire at the end of 2024 and given the team’s inability to equip him with a car that can challenge for the championship, rumors have emerged that he could be looking elsewhere for his next contract.
Earlier this year, there was buzz of Leclerc potentially filling in the seat currently occupied by Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. Yet, Leclerc has maintained consistently his intent to remain at Ferrari. He expressed, “I have always loved Ferrari and I would love to stay. I’ve always stressed that my aim is to become a world champion, but ideally as a Ferrari driver.”
He recognized the challenging situation the team is in and the significant ground they need to gain to reach Red Bull‘s level of performance, saying, “I know how tough the situation is. We are quite a way off from Red Bull at the moment. But Ferrari gave me my break in F1 and I’ve loved the team ever since. My primary goal is to win as a Ferrari driver. My focus is on improving the performance of the team as much as possible, and hopefully, I can achieve that one day.”
Leclerc joined the Ferrari team in 2019. The beginning of the 2022 season started on a positive note for Ferrari with Leclerc winning two of the first three races. However, the team’s championship aspirations were hampered by a series of strategic errors and driving errors made during the rest of the year.
Addressing the team’s current situation, Leclerc affirmed that the team’s focus is on enhancing their current performance. On the topic of ongoing negotiations with Ferrari, Leclerc said: “We’ve had some light-hearted talks, but nothing serious as of yet. I’m in no hurry and I don’t think the priority is to renew my contract right now. We are solely focused on improving the car. Serious talks will probably happen later in the season.”