Just before Christmas, Ferrari announced that it has secured Charles Leclerc’s services until the end of 2024, but the Italian team is in no rush to complete its driver lineup for 2021.
Currently, Sebastian Vettel still has a deal for 2020, but he has lost his number one status and what happens beyond the end of this season remains to be seen.
“When we go to Australia, there will be no number one,” team boss Mattia Binotto confirmed last month. “When we started the (2019) season, the situation was different as we had a rookie and an experienced driver.”
But since then, 22-year-old Leclerc is now clearly Ferrari’s unofficially preferred driver with a contract that sees him at Maranello until the end of 2024.
And Binotto insists there is no rush to look at what to do with quadruple world champion Vettel, “I don’t see any pressure there.
“Seb is part of Ferrari. We will work with him to find out what he wants to do in the future, what we want to do, what we may not have done yet.
“But we believe that with Vettel and Leclerc we have the best driver pair in the field. We have enough time to negotiate with Seb about his future,” added the Italian team boss.