Raikkonen tips Ferrarri’s teenage driver Leclerc to be a Formula 1 star

Josh Challies

Ferrari has a proud history in Formula 1 for boasting some of the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen and they have a talented youngster currently on their books, who is being tipped to become a star.

19-year-old Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc has impressed in F2 this season, leading the driver’s standings by 50 points, and recently boasted the best time on day one of Ferrari’s Hungaroring test’s, catching the eye of Kimi Raikkonen in the process.

Quoted by Autosport, Raikkonen has tipped the teenager to do ‘good things’ in the future.

“It’s good if he’s happy with the whole team helping him. It’s always tricky to come 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.”

Leclerc could even find himself racing up against Raikkonen soon as the 19-year-old has been linked with a position with Sauber for next season, following reports that Ferrari is considering making Sauber their junior team, and he certainly seems ready to move up to the next level as he boasts a sensational record of seven podiums in 14 race starts.

Monaco-born Leclerc could follow in the footsteps of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who became the youngest driver in Formula 1 history when he took part in the Australian Grand Prix two years ago at the age of just 17; a record that can no longer be broken due to rule changes made that restrict those under the age of 18 from racing in F1.

Verstappen turns 20 in September and having the young Belgian racing up against Leclerc in the coming years could be thrilling to see, as the pair could develop a rivalry that dominates F1 for the next decade and paves the way for a new generation of Formula 1 stars.

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