Brawn: Leclerc will be an added incentive for Vettel

Formula 1 motorsport chief Ross Brawn believes that Ferrari’s newest driver Charles Leclerc will bring along energy that will galvanise the legendary Italian team when he partners four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel next year.

Few have the as much experience of working with Ferrari at the highest level than Brawn, a vital general in the team’s golden era of Michael Schumacher under the leadership of Jean Todt at the time.

This year Leclerc was the outstanding rookie this season, easily trouncing his journeyman teammate Marcus Ericsson by scoring 39 points of Sauber’s total of 48 they accumulated in 2018.

Needless to say, the 21-year-old Monegasque did enough with his performances to convince the powers that be at Maranello that he was ready for the step up to the Scuderia. He will be the team’s 109th Formula 1 driver.

Brawn gave his insight into developments at his former team, “Charles Leclerc has been truly impressive in terms of speed and talent, but now he has to make a significant step up. I’m sure his arrival at Ferrari will be a boost for the team and an added incentive for Vettel next year.”

Brawn: Inevitable that questions are asked in order to understand what went wrong

Much has been made of the meaningless fact that Leclerc was quicker than Vettel in the final Pirelli test at Yas Marina Circuit last week, proof that followers of the sport are already anticipating an intriguing duel as youth and experience need to work together to end the dominance of Mercedes.

Next year Maurizio Arrivabene’s management skills will be tested to the limit as he needs to harness his drivers’ and ensure there is no internal civil war, as the real task at hand is winning titles, drama and conflict within their own garage cannot be tolerated.

This past season Ferrari had the firepower, for the first time perhaps, to take on the might of Mercedes, but the Reds lost momentum and were defeated three races before the season ended.

Brawn explained, “When one doesn’t win a world championship that had seemed very winnable, it’s inevitable that questions are asked in order to understand what went wrong.”

“When the team in question is Ferrari, then the question is not just asked at the top but it becomes almost a national question in Italy, as I was able to see for myself during my decade in Maranello. Ferrari is condemned for finishing second in both championships, as it’s simply not good enough at home.”

Brawn: A new approach to the way the team operated and that gave the team a new spirit

Although the team made some glaring gaffes during the campaign, so did their star driver whose mistakes are well documented – remember Hockenheim?

Brawn said of the German, “Sebastian Vettel was a worthy opponent for Lewis Hamilton but failed to win all of the races he should have, nor could he win when he wasn’t favourite to do so.”

“And yet, there can be cause for satisfaction in Maranello. It’s been a decade since Ferrari has been capable of winning six grands prix and of starting from pole six times.”

“Over two years the team has managed to close a performance gap to Mercedes that in 2016 amounted to a second a lap. The shake-up of the technical management instigated by Sergio Marchionne bore fruit this year.”

“I think most importantly it resulted in a new approach to the way the team operated and that gave the team a new spirit,”  added Brawn whose tenure at Ferrari ran from 1997 to 2006.

Leclerc: Dreams do come true…