Leclerc Sees Future Collaboration With Hamilton As Opportunity: 'It's Going To Be Great'

Friday, 29 March 2024 at 19:45
Updated at Friday, 29 March 2024 at 20:03
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Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is looking forward to collaborating with Lewis Hamilton, who will join him in the team next year.
It currently seems that seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton made the right call when he decided to sign a contract with Ferrari starting for the 2025 season.
The team from Maranello seems to have faster cars by some margin and achieved a one-two during the most recent race at Albert Park Circuit in Australia.
The question mark remains as to how Charles Leclerc and the 39-year-old will compare. The 26-year-old told Fox Sports Australia that he sees the future collaboration as "an opportunity."

"Of course, I will learn from Lewis. It's also an opportunity for me to show what I'm able to do, which I take as an exciting challenge. I think it's going to be great."

The two drivers already seem to have a great relationship as they are often spotted talking to each other during drivers' parades, for example.
It was suggested that Hamilton's signing caught the Monegasque off guard. However, he dismissed this, saying that he knew something like that was on the table when he was extending his contract.

"I knew [for] quite a few months that it was a possibility, that it was on the table. It was still a surprise to learn that there was [an] opportunity of this happening."

Regardless of what happens in the future, Leclerc also wanted to highlight his relationship with his current teammate, Carlos Sainz, with whom he has worked since the start of the 2021 season.

"I've had a really amazing relationship with Carlos. We have had amazing years together, more difficult years also together as a team, because the performance was not exactly where we wanted."

At the moment, it isn't exactly clear where Sainz will go, but his past two performances have proved to all the team principals that he deserves a seat in one of the top teams. Leclerc added:

'But we have been working extremely well together and we are looking forward to this last year together in order to end that in the best way possible."