The Gazzetta Dello Sport, a well-known Italian sports newspaper, reported in a recent note that the Ferrari-Leclerc contract includes a “release” clause that takes into account the result of the next season.
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According to the newspaper, Leclerc’s contract, which expires in 2024, contains a special clause that is valid from 2022: if Ferrari does not place at least third in the Constructors’ Championship, the driver would have the opportunity to end his relationship with the Prancing Horse in advance.
Therefore, in order to keep the “predestined” driver in Maranello (as many fans and supporters define him), it is absolutely necessary that Ferrari is in top form, right from the first tests in Barcelona, and that the driver enjoys the trust and consideration of the team, as was amply demonstrated at the start of their relationship. Next season will in fact be a decisive year both for the relaunch of Ferrari, in terms of the world championship, and for the definitive affirmation of Charles Leclerc.
In addition, a possible return of Jean Todt to Maranello in the role of super consultant would change the scenarios. Let’s not forget that Nicolas Todt, son of the multi-titled Jean, is the driver’s sports agent.
Leclerc’s season was subdued, and in some ways unlucky, with just one podium finish compared to Sainz’s four, but he finished fourth on six other occasions, including Monza. His retirements at Monte Carlo (after an error on his part) and Hungary meant he missed out on many points in the driver’s standings, which would have allowed him to overtake Perez. At Silverstone he put in a fantastic performance, coming close to victory, overtaken by Hamilton with just 2 laps to go. The Monegasque took the team’s two pole positions, in Monte Carlo and Azerbaijan.
Unfortunately, he made a few too many mistakes, especially in practice, looking for the limit. It’s a sign that he’s always pushed hard to find something more from the car, but he hasn’t always felt comfortable.
At Maranello they have been working for a year to create a top F1 car, seizing the opportunity offered by the change in regulations and the return to ground effect. If Charles has a fast single-seater in his hands, his talent will certainly prevail again.
And now, full steam ahead.