Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says upstart Charles Leclerc ‘makes too many mistakes’
Ecclestone still likes Ferrari’s driver pairing for 2020
Former Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says that Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc “makes too many mistakes” to be considered a true championship contender.
Ecclestone, who turns 89 on Oct. 28, thinks his friend Sebastian Vettel is once again the unquestioned No. 1 at Ferrari after a slump. Recently, many thought 22-year-old Leclerc was getting the hierarchical upper hand at Ferrari over four-time world champion Vettel.
Leclerc said in Mexico that he still has things to learn.
“Maybe I need to be more decisive in terms of the strategies,” Leclerc is quoted by Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport. “I’m not yet at Vettel’s level in that area.”
And Ecclestone told the Swiss newspaper Blick that Leclerc is also still outclassed by Vettel in other areas.
“The boy is good, but he still makes too many mistakes, just as Verstappen did at the beginning of his career,” Ecclestone said. “Only if you are calm in the cockpit can you fight for the world title. Like my friend Sebastian (Vettel). OK, he had some difficult races, but fortunately he has caught up again.”
Ecclestone added that he thinks, “Ferrari has the strongest driver duo for 2020.”