Former System One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve puzzled if Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has it in him to win the Driver’s Title and criticized the 24-year-old for making little errors.
Leclerc had a dream begin to the present season as he received races in Bahrain and Australia and had a cushty lead over his Championship rival, Max Verstappen. Nonetheless, the previous few races have not been nice for the Ferrari driver as reliability points pressured him to retire whereas main the Spanish and Azerbaijan Grand Prix. After the race in Canada final weekend, Leclerc presently finds himself 49 factors behind Verstappen and is presently third within the driver standings.
Talking on the F1 Nation podcast, Villeneuve questioned if Lelcerc has the credentials to change into a World Champion within the sport, saying that he nonetheless makes little errors.
“He’s super-quick, however proper now he nonetheless makes just a few little errors that he should not. Imola, for instance, then he’s not helped by the crew. That’s the vitality all of them have collectively.”
“Proper now we all know he’s quick, he’s aggressive, is he a World Champion? Is he like Max? How is he beneath strain when it’s cash time for the championship? That’s what we nonetheless want to search out out,” mentioned Villeneuve.
The previous World Champion wasn’t pleased with Leclerc’s outing in Canada as Ferrari determined to gamble by taking an influence unit penalty. Villeneuve mentioned that the 24-year-old should not be pleased with something decrease than fourth place in a race.
“If you’re in a Ferrari, it’s best to solely have a Purple Bull in entrance of you. Earlier than the race, they took these penalties as a result of it’s Montreal, and of their minds, the worst they might end was P4 having [Sergio] Perez nonetheless within the race they usually didn’t.”
“That additionally exhibits how good Lewis [Hamilton] was as a result of he was really in entrance of a Ferrari. There was additionally a security automobile that allowed Charles to get near the pack, and he completed fifth. It’s good salvaging of factors, but it surely’s not adequate. They’d a poor pit cease and acquired out behind 4 automobiles as a substitute of forward of them.
“Preventing to get these positions killed their tyres, and that’s why they didn’t get the Mercedes ultimately,” mentioned Villeneuve.