Marcus Ericsson brought Charles Leclerc to Alfa Romeo as a teammate in 2018. The Monegasque switched to Formula 1 as an F2 champion and Ericsson immediately recognized the talent of the current World Cup leader. According to the Swedish IndyCar driver, it was immediately clear that his new teammate is a lightning fast driver.
“There’s no doubt about that, everyone sees that. He’s so dedicated and eager to perform well and to learn. He always asked me a lot of questions,” Ericsson said in a statement. F1 nation, who was then in his fifth full F1 season. Leclerc often grabs his own chest after a mistake. “He’s so self-critical when he makes mistakes. He learns from them, by the way. That’s also one of his stronger qualities. He makes mistakes, learns from them and comes back stronger. Years has a car that can fight in the front line. He will also fair.”
Leclerc and Max Verstappen have met at almost every Grands Prix this year and it looks set to continue for a full season. At some point the pressure will be enormous, as the Red Bull driver has already experienced. Ericsson also assumes that Leclerc can handle it well. “He’s a cool frog. The more pressure he gets, the better he’ll perform.”
The Monegasque currently leads the championship with 104 points, while his Spanish team-mate Carlos Sainz has to make do with less than half. It could be important for Ferrari to discuss internally how the roles should be divided up, especially now that Red Bull have made strides in recent Grands Prix. “Charles is increasingly taking on the role of leader,” Ericsson continues. “I think they should support him for the championship, although Carlos will not agree. The past proves that in such situations a team is always well advised to choose a leader. Of course, that also applied to Max and Lewis. I think so.” will eventually go Charles’s direction.” The same goes for Red Bull, according to the former F1 driver: “Czech It’s fine, but Max is a little better and has the team behind him too.”