F1: Charles Leclerc ‘Happy’ If Teammate Sebastian Vettel Stays with Ferrari

Charles Leclerc would be ” happy” if Ferrari keeps Sebastian Vettel on board for the 2021 F1 season.

There were reports this past week that the quadruple world champion Vettel has turned down Ferrari’s initial offer of a one-year contract extension with a big pay cut.

Leclerc said in a video interview: “I’m very happy with Seb, even if we had a few problems on the track.”

“It may have looked different from the outside, but we get on well and we always did,” German media quote Leclerc as saying.

“I respect Ferrari’s choice of my future teammate” Charles Leclerc

If Vettel does go, drivers including Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Antonio Giovinazzi and even Fernando Alonso are being linked with the seat.

“I respect Ferrari’s choice of my future teammate, and it’s my job to adjust to the guy next to me. You can also always learn from a teammate,” Leclerc said. “I welcome anyone. But if Seb stays, then I would be definitely happy.”

Leclerc said he hopes to go wheel-to-wheel with Vettel soon—in the virtual racing world.

“I’ll send him a message that we need to try when he finishes the (simulator) installation,” Leclerc said. “It will be fun.”

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