Leclerc: I’ve signed with Ferrari, so I don’t call that a risk

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Charles Leclerc does not consider his decision to sign a five-year deal with Ferrari a risk, despite their struggles over the past 18 months.

The Monegasque driver made an impressive start to his career with the Scuderia back in 2019, winning two races and beating his four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel.

However, following a confidential agreement with the FIA relating to the team’s power-unit, Ferrari endured a very difficult 2020 season where Leclerc was unable to challenge for victories and they finished sixth in the constructors’ championship.

There has been something of a bonce back season, with Ferrari fourth in the constructors’ standings and Leclerc twice taking pole position.

The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal with the team after the 2019 season, but with three years remaining on that contract, the pressure is now on Ferrari to deliver a competitive car as Formula 1 heads into a new era of regulations in 2022.

“I’ve signed with Ferrari, so I don’t call that a risk,” he told Beyond the Grid. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity.

“The first time I knew I was going to be a Ferrari driver, I could not believe it, and it’s a dream for me. For me it was not a risk – I was signing for five years for the team I’ve always been dreaming of.

“Of course we are going through more difficult moments, but that only motivates me to push even more the team to try and bring it back to where it belongs.”

Asked if he would be happy to spend the rest of his career with Ferrari, Leclerc replied: “Of course I would be. But I would be even more happy if we get back to winning, because that’s what matters, and I know that this is what matters also for the whole team.

“We are pushing like crazy to try and come back to winning, because this is what this team is used to doing. It’s not nice to be fighting where we are fighting at the moment.”