Sadly, Bianchi's career path - one that was apparently destined for Ferrari - was tragically cut short when he died in July 2015 after succumbing to his injuries sustained in the Japanese Grand Prix nine months earlier.
Leclerc now occupies a seat within the Scuderia that may have belonged to his godfather. They may even have raced together.
"Strangely, when he and I were racing, every time there was a weekend, if he had a very bad race that weekend, the same weekend, I would have a very bad race, too. We were always joking about this.
"With our careers, obviously, they are quite similar, with also Nicolas [Todt] my manager, he took more or less the same road for both of us."
Significantly, Leclerc added: "There was definitely lots more to come. Results like in Monaco, when he was with Marussia, [finishing ninth in 2014] told us a lot about his talent.
"He definitely deserved the Ferrari seat more than I did, but other things were decided for him, unfortunately.
"I'm pretty sure he would have shown probably more than what I do. He was extremely talented."
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