Mario Andretti names McLaren as a ‘pretty good’ option for Charles Leclerc in case he decides to ditch Ferrari
Charles Leclerc is getting frustrated at Ferrari because of the team's inability to produce a Championship worthy car.
Mario Andretti (Credits: Planet F1) and Charles Leclerc (Credits: F1)
Charles Leclerc is one of those rare drivers on the current Formula 1 grid who is considered a Championship caliber driver. Ferrari hasn’t been able to live up to his expectations this year. Still, amidst the woes of the SF-23, the 1978 F1 Word Champion, Mario Andretti, has suggested that McLaren could be an option for the Monegasque driver.
Mario Andretti has been keeping close tabs on the career that Charles Leclerc has had so far at the pinnacle of motor racing, and he believes that in case the 25-year-old decides to leave Ferrari, the Zak Brown-led McLaren F1 team could prove to be a good option for him. McLaren is a team that boasts a huge pedigree in F1.
While shedding light on where Charles Leclerc could go, he told Planet F1, “Where would he go, at the moment? Even if there was say, a Red Bull, why would you want to be next to Max Verstappen? Max will always be number one. Where do you go from Ferrari now? It looks like McLaren are looking pretty good, with Oscar Piastri coming on – he’s shown moments of brilliance in the last couple of Grands Prix.”
“I think McLaren is OK in the setup for drivers, I can’t see a change there, so where else would Charles go? He’s probably thinking that, Ferrari has been down before… and sooner or later, they’ll be resurgent because they have the tools, seemingly as much as any other team to be able to perform at the top level continuously. I’m sure he’ll study the situation quite well before he does [in fact sign a new long-term deal].”
Charles Leclerc is desperate to have a serious go at the F1 World Championship
Charles Leclerc has been with Ferrari for several years and, barring 2022 (to some extent), has not had a car with which he could seriously go at the F1 World Championship. He has a contract with Ferrari until the end of the 2024 season, and after that, he could look to make a switch if things don’t improve.
However, despite all the dirt that has been thrown Ferrari’s way in recent times, one cannot forget they are a historic brand that has got a huge pedigree when it comes to the pinnacle of motor racing. The Maranello-based team is a former 16 times Constructor and a brilliant 15 times Drivers Champion.
While Ferrari is currently going through a challenging phase, all bad things end eventually, and when that happens, who knows, Charles Leclerc might be able to fulfill his wish at the Italian team. 2024 will be an immensely crucial year for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc.
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