Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has tipped Formula 2 driver Charles Leclerc to be a star in Formula 1 in the future following the youngsters post-Grand Prix test in Hungary.
Leclerc became part of Ferrari’s Junior Academy in 2016, and admits that being able to watch Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel is extremely helpful.
He is currently leading the F2 Driver’s Championship by 50 points and topped the timesheets on the first day during his tests for Ferrari.
“It’s good if he’s happy with the whole team helping him,” spoke Raikkonen.
“It’s always tricky to come in and drive a different car than you’re used to.
“But he has time on his side, he’s shown good progress and for sure in the future he will do good things.”
As we approach F1’s ‘silly season’, Leclerc has been linked with a drive for Sauber in 2018, with Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne keen to find him a place in F1.
“Obviously as I said I need to impress as many people as I can and I will give my best to do that,” Leclerc spoke.
“Then if I have an opportunity at the end of the year I will grab it with two hands but for now I am just focusing on Formula 2.“