Leclerc 'Too Nice' To Become World Champion Alongside Hamilton Says Doornbos

Thursday, 25 April 2024 at 07:43
Updated at Thursday, 25 April 2024 at 07:53
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Former F1 driver Robert Doornbos shared delivered a damning verdict on Charles Leclerc ahead of the 2025 season when he is supposed to be paired with Lewis Hamilton.
The matchup between Charles Leclerc and the seven-time World Champion is one of the most anticipated things about the upcoming season.
The 39-year-old Mercedes driver obviously comes to Ferrari as someone who has already proven he can win in the right car. What's more, he is the most successful driver in the history of the sport.
The Monegasque, on the other hand, hasn't won a title yet. Although he is considered one of the most talented and quickest drivers on the grid, he still has to prove he has what it takes to win the Championship.
As it seems now, Ferrari is making decent progress in terms of development. Even Lando Norris from McLaren said he believes the Maranello team made the biggest step of all teams during the winter.
If the Italian team can continue at this rate, they might become a threat to Red Bull in the battle for the Championship next year.
But which of the 2025 Ferrari drivers would have the upper hand? Robert Doornbos asserted Leclerc is "too nice" to be a World Champion, as he told Ziggo Sport:

"Leclerc is too nice to be World Champion. A Hamilton or a Verstappen, that is not possible with Leclerc."

Even if Ferrari had the best car, Doornbos suggested Leclerc would get outperformed by the seven-time World Champion.

"Suppose Ferrari gets the best car next year, then Hamilton will eat it. Leclerc doesn't seem harsh to me when I look at the mistakes he makes and how he is with his engineers."

1997 F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve also said Leclerc still has to prove he has what it takes. What do you think about the 26-year-old driver? Can he beat Hamilton, and more importantly, does he have what it takes to win the title?