Leclerc 'honoured' by Hamilton title claim

Monday, 07 january 2019, 10:58 , by Martin Macdonald

Charles Leclerc says it is an "honour" to be recognised by 2018 world champion and five-time title winner Lewis Hamilton as a potential threat for the 2019 campaign, after the Brit previously mentioned him alongside Max Verstappen as two drivers he is wary of this year.

Leclerc impressed for Sauber in his rookie season, so much so that Ferrari made the surprise decision to promote him to the Scuderia at the expense of former world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, who will go in the other direction.

Hamilton, who will be looking to win his sixth championship in 2019, name-dropped Leclerc and Verstappen as threats previously, saying: “You have to dig deep because you have these young kids that are coming.

“Leclerc at Ferrari will be hungry to prove a point and you’ve got Max who is still hungry to prove a point, so I have to make sure I am still there [competing for the championship].”

The 21-year-old from Monaco could not hide his pride at being recognised as a competitor alongside Hamilton, whom he praised as an "amazing driver".

“It’s definitely an honour to hear that from Lewis,” Leclerc said.

“He’s an incredible driver, and I’ve watched him since quite a bit of years before arriving in Formula One.

“I’ll just try to do the best I can next year, but it’s definitely not going to be easy. He’s very experienced and an amazing driver. But it’s definitely good to hear that.”

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Comments (0)

  • ???? ??????
    Can you imagine if Alonso had a fast car to challenge Vettel and Ham when they won their titles?! Well....they would not of won that many...
  • Jonathan Díaz
    Carlos Proaño seb fallo tan miserablemente que hasta Hamilton considera a Charles como el proximo rival del título
  • Michael Hess
    It will never be Max unless he grows up. I hope his brain catches up with his talent
  • Bryan Falcon
    And he will also thank Valtteri for blocking Seb, Charles, Max and Pierre next year
  • Mark Harris
    Max in a Honda powered red bull has no chance of a podium next season
  • Jody Harrison
    It's quite likely the Ferrari's will out perform the Hondabulls.
  • Kenneth Petrie
    I suspect it will Lewis vs See again.
  • Abdullah Sibai
    Hamilton with his 2019 vettel mind games.
  • Tommy Ly
    Hahahahah Charles who
  • Hamza El Alami
    Don't forget vettel !!
  • Taimoor Zain
    and vettel will sell oranges?
  • Rodrigo Moreira
    Vai vendo... Lucas Cambiaghi
  • Uwe Korecs
    who…?
  • Angelo Plenzick
    Kimi Raikkonen
  • Marc Krikke
    Lewis, Seb and Max
  • Jonathon Andrews
    Lewis, Vettel and Leclerc

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