Ferrari shows Mercedes how to handle a superstar

Ferrari shows Mercedes how to handle a superstar

Ferrari's faith in its young driver Charles Leclerc is a break from its past, and Esteban Ocon's uncertain future shows there's a lesson to be learned for Mercedes in that

The latest unexpected twist in the Formula 1 driver market is that somehow Ferrari - that most conservative of teams when it comes to picking its driver line-up - has ended up making a decision for 2019 that puts the spotlight onto Mercedes.

It's the first time in a very long time that Ferrari has had the courage to promote a young, inexperienced driver. But it is totally justified given the talent in question is Charles Leclerc.

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