10 reasons Ferrari has signed Leclerc

10 reasons Ferrari has signed Leclerc

The statistics of Charles Leclerc's Formula 1 rookie season are impressive enough, but when you dig down into the detail of his performances for Sauber it's even clearer why Ferrari had to promote him for 2019

Even Ferrari could not resist the Charles Leclerc juggernaut in the end. Ferrari will buck its own trend next season by fielding the rising star alongside Sebastian Vettel, finally dismissing Kimi Raikkonen from its Formula 1 driver line-up to make room for one of grand prix racing's brightest talents.

Leclerc is a GP3 and Formula 2 champion so his potential was obvious heading into his rookie F1 season, but still his graduation to Ferrari has come quicker than anybody expected. These are the factors that convinced Ferrari that gambling on a young driver is not really gambling at all.

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