Former F1 driver and Italian motor racing official Ivan Capelli made a shocking Charles Leclerc claim, saying he was not the main driver at Ferrari.
Leclerc was beaten by a teammate for the first time in his F1 career. He was leading Carlos Sainz throughout the season, but conceded P5 in the Drivers’ Championship to the Spaniard on the last race of the season.
The result meant Sainz was the best of the rest on the grid, and had a better season than his Monegasque counterpart. The thing that made it sweeter was that it was his very first season with Ferrari.
However, Capelli made a shocking Leclerc claim, saying based on his 2021 season, he hasn’t established himself as the main Ferrari driver.
“It will be up to the track to dictate the hierarchy,” the former Ferrari driver told La Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by grandprix.com.
“Last year, Sainz had to adapt to a team with a task that is more difficult than the others. And he did it well. Leclerc failed to play his role for the team.”
Not all about pace
“Charles is quicker on a flying lap, but last year he was expected to be more of a team leader and he may not have always succeeded in that,” he continued.
“In previous years, with Vettel, no one asked anything of him. Having pressure on your shoulders makes a big difference.
“Ferrari now has to start preparing itself to manage two drivers with the same ambitious, the same desire and the same chances of winning.
“We Italians believe we need a hierarchy but many times, the British have put two stars together – Mansell-Piquet, Senna-Prost. Then, the season will create the hierarchy,” the 58-year-old concluded.