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Charles Leclerc to Ferrari on a 2-year deal

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Charles Leclerc has admitted he would jump at the chance to switch from Sauber to Ferrari.

Already a member of the Ferrari driver academy, the rumour mill is hinting strongly that the impressive 20-year-old rookie is being lined up to replace Kimi Raikkonen.

“It’s nice to see such a talented young driver developing so well,” Liberty Media F1 chief Ross Brawn said.

According to Sky whilst interviewing Leclerc:

“People from outside expect more from us, and this is always difficult because we still have to improve, but the others also improve.

However, yes … A Q3 in Austria would still be incredible. We must not expect to make a Q3 any weekend, which will not be the case. But yes, we will do everything possible to live a positive weekend like that of France ”

According to what is reported in today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ferrari’s Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that Leclerc will sit alongside Sebastian Vettel as early as 2019.

The first year will earn him two million euros per season rising to three in 2020 as well as bonuses related to the results.

The official announcement could already arrive in Germany, or between Spa and Monza.

Kimi Raikkonen is not even denying that he could in turn move to McLaren.

“I have zero interest to get involved in all the nonsense,” he told reporters in Austria when asked about the speculation.

Monaco-born Leclerc is also still not officially confirmed the reports, he said he has heard the rumours but is preferring simply to focus on his work at Sauber.

“I don’t think about it too much, although that is difficult,” he admitted.

“I see the rumours and it makes me happy because it has always been my dream to drive for Ferrari. If one day it happens, it would be just amazing.”

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