Lewis Hamilton warns Ferrari that Charles Leclerc could rebel if they keep sidelining him
- Lewis Hamilton warned Ferrari Charles Leclerc could rebel against them
- This season Leclerc is subject to three team orders in so many races
- Leclerc is currently only one point behind teammate Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton has predicted that Ferrari is facing a potential rebellion because they are stopping their young bow thruster Charles Leclerc.
The Scuderia prefer four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel for the 21-year-old who is in his first red season and only the second in Formula 1. That policy was made explicit in China fourteen days ago when they exchanged their drivers for the disadvantage of Leclerc.
Afterwards there was a lot of tension in the Ferrari paddock headquarters. Team boss Mattia Binotto struggled to keep the peace.
Lewis Hamilton has warned Ferrari that Charles Leclerc might rebel against them
Just as the pace of the upcoming Hamilton was irritating to his reigning world champion teammate Fernando Alonso during their tumultuous season at McLaren in 2007, Leclerc is too talented to be a natural # 2. He has scored a point less than Vettel, who is 31 drifting from Hamilton, despite the inequality in their treatment.
"I understand how Charles feels because he believes in his heart that he is the best or has the potential to be the best," Hamilton said prior to Sunday's Azerbaijani Grand Prix.
& # 39; It is as if your light is being dimmed. As a racer, and as a fierce competitor, you naturally rebel. The team says they do one thing, but the fight in you wants to push the other way and do the opposite. I experienced that. & # 39;
Hamilton believes that Leclerc will remain frustrated by his treatment by Ferrari
Leclerc was instructed not to pass Vettel in Melbourne, an instruction he obeyed. When he was advised to wait to race the German in Bahrain, he felt that his pace was so much faster that he defied his bosses. And then the China brouhaha.
Hamilton, who led the championship of Mercedes & # 39; s teammate Valtteri Bottas with six points, added: & # 39; I wanted to get to Formula 1 as quickly as possible and when I was there I wanted to win as quickly as possible and the champion I beat raced against, so the situation with Charles is very similar.
& # 39; I see a lot of myself in him. He does a great job with high expectations with a huge team like Ferrari. He just has to keep doing what he does and it will come to him. For now I race against both Sebastian and Charles. & # 39;
Hamilton has always had respect for Vettel, who is the most successful driver on the net after him. But they differ in that the Brit has never tried to be preferred as a team policy tool: & My philosophy is that I want equal opportunities with whom I race, so that I can really show my skill. & # 39;
Leclerc is only one point behind teammate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel
Hamilton arrived in Azerbaijan after relaxing at the Coachella music festival in California. Renewed? & # 39; You don't go there to charge your batteries, & # 39; he said, hinting that he had been partying hard. But his off-track enthusiasm has rarely proved a hindrance in recent years.
Williams & # 39; British rookie George Russell skipped his media contracts yesterday with a secret illness that lasted several days, but he is expected to be fit to practice today. & # 39; He just needs some rest & # 39 ;, his team said.