Leclerc sets two huge targets for debut Ferrari season
Charles Leclerc has set sights on victory in his and Ferrari's home races next year – hoping to crown a debut campaign in Scuderia scarlet with Monaco and Italian Grand Prix triumphs. The Monegasque will become Ferrari's second-youngest F1 driver in history next year but is taking no time to settle in.
Having shown fine skills and racecraft in a rookie campaign at Sauber, Leclerc doesn't want to waste any time in realising his dreams with the famous Italian squad.
Leclerc said: "Pressure? No, I do not feel it. I feel the support more and I must say that I am happy. My goal is obviously to do my best and respect the team's expectations.
"I will have at my side a driver like Sebastian Vettel who will be an important help for me to grow and learn. He is a wonderful person, as well as a great driver, and I got to know him when I worked at the Maranello simulator and he thanked me for the work I did.
"Going back to my goals. It is clear that racing for Ferrari I would like to win a couple of grands prix: such as Monaco, my home race, and Monza. But I cannot imagine what it will be like to race in Italy as a Ferrari driver!"
Having driven a Ferrari car as a fully fledged Scuderia driver for the first time in last year's post-season Abu Dhabi test, Leclerc was glowing in his praise for the machinery.
He added: "The car is fabulous to drive. It was a great honour as well as a great emotion.
"Obviously we are talking about a test, it does not make much sense to talk about performance in absolute terms, but the feeling was immediately exceptional."
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