The arrival of Charles Leclerc has been detrimental to Ferrari's 2019 season

21-08-2019 08:30 | Updated: 21-08-2019 12:18
by Bobby Vincent
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The arrival of Charles Leclerc has been detrimental to Ferrari's 2019 season

According to Formula 1 journalist Peter Windsor, one of the main reasons Ferrari has not done as well as expected this season is due to the arrival of Charles Leclerc at Maranello.

Leclerc was the veteran Kimi Raikkonen's replacement, switching from Sauber after just one year in Formula 1. Windsor believes Leclerc, and his ambitious personality and aggressive driving style has thrown Sebastian Vettel off his game.

Ferrari are yet to win a race in 2019, despite recording three pole positions, in Bahrain, Canada and Austria. Leclerc has achieved two of those pole positions, but Windsor believes the Monegasque's arrival at the Italian team has had more of a detrimental impact on its performances.

"It is fascinating to see what effect he (Leclerc) has had on Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari," the F1 journalist explained in his YouTube vlog"I think this explains why Ferrari has not yet won this year and is not competing for the title as initially thought.

"That is because of the pace of Charles Leclerc and the way in which the team has been brought out of balance. Sebastian's self-image is therefore also out of balance, as is the way in which he does his work as a driver and as a key figure at Ferrari.

"This has put the whole team in a state of confusion. They now know more or less which direction they want to go, but nothing is really determined in details. Charles is there and he is confusing Sebastian. As long as this is the case, it is difficult for Ferrari to find the focus and direction they need. Not only about how they adjust the car but also how they use it."

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