Hamilton Disagrees With Ferrari Possibly Making Leclerc No.1 Driver Over Vettel

Even though Sebastian Vettel started this season as Ferrari’s “priority” driver, Leclerc went on to out-qualify his teammate at the last nine Grand Prix, while also claiming back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy.

So from the outside looking in, it appears as though Ferrari might be favoring Leclerc – something that reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has also noticed, claiming that Vettel has clearly lost his spot as team leader, as reported by Autosport.

“It’s an interesting dynamic they have there, because obviously Seb was number one, and [he’s] now clearly not,” stated Hamilton. “From the energy from the outlook, [Ferrari is] trying to ramp Charles up to be [number one].”

“Is that good for a team? I don’t think so. But that’s the philosophy they’ve had forever.”

The Mercedes driver also clarified that these observations had nothing to do with what happened in Russia and that he understood why Ferrari decided to have Leclerc give Vettel a tow during the start of the race.

When asked if he could relate to Vettel’s predicament seen as how he also came in as a rookie for McLaren back in 2007 with Fernando Alonso as a teammate, Hamilton had this to say: “Again, it’s an assumption, because we’re looking from the outside, so I don’t know what’s happening inside, I don’t know what Seb’s feeling, so it’s difficult to say I can relate to it.”

Also read: Lewis Hamilton Wants To Be Challenged Consistently By Verstappen And Leclerc

“When I was with Fernando, he was the hired number one, but then mid-season they gave us equal fuel [for qualifying] and then you started seeing change. That dynamic shifted, and it obviously didn’t go well for the team.”

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  • PJE

    I believe the car did not handle the way Vettel preferred during the first half of this season, and it might have suited Leclerc’s driving style better. Later in the season I feel the car is getting closer to what Vettel likes, and his performances have shown this. However coming back from such a points deficit has increased the pressure on Seb.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Hamilton, the guy who was the first drive in his rookie season with a 2-time world champion as a team-mate.
    He should think about himself, he’s not F1’s CEO.

  • ChrisInIL

    Hamilton isn’t just a “veteran”. Kimi is the only driver on the grid who has been in more races than he.

    The thing about LeClerc – the kid can drive. Why wouldn’t Ferrari want to benefit from their investment?

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