Leclerc ‘nonetheless lacks one thing’, says former Ferrari F1 boss

The Moneqasque driver realistically has no likelihood of beating Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen to this 12 months’s world title and trails his nearest rival by 116 factors with six races remaining. 

Leclerc led the championship after successful two of the opening three rounds of the marketing campaign however a list of strategic blunders, reliability failures and driver errors have blown his possibilities of successful this 12 months’s world championship. 

Verstappen has the prospect to wrap up his second successive drivers’ crown as early as this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. 

Todt, who led Ferrari to a complete of 14 world championship titles earlier than later serving because the president of the FIA till final 12 months, believes Leclerc has the potential to be a world champion however “nonetheless lacks one thing”. 

“Charles is already an incredible champion,” the 76-year-old advised Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “He nonetheless lacks one thing. I hope he has it quickly. 

Todt did not elaborate on what precisely he feels Leclerc is lacking, replying merely: “He misses one thing.”

“Ferrari at one level had the most effective automobile within the championship,” he continued. 

“Then he missed sure alternatives, I consider technique, of a Security Automotive that entered on the fallacious time, of reliability issues. 

“A number of episodes which have price [him]. We have to replicate on this to forestall them from taking place once more. By no means depart something taken with no consideration. 

“And if you happen to can’t depart something with no consideration, then there shall be all of the substances to be champions.”

Todt additionally spoke about present Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto, who has come below hearth for the Scuderia’s failure to take care of a championship problem. 

“Each period is totally different,” he stated. “I do not need to give recommendation. It is simple to present recommendation.

“The one one I can provide him is to withstand. After which now Ferrari is doing very nicely. It appears to me that folks don’t totally realise this. Ferrari is again to successful. 

“I feel virtually everybody wish to see Ferrari win the championships, not just some races. We will hope for subsequent 12 months, as a result of this 12 months I do not suppose it is doable anymore. 

“However to win you want excellence in any respect ranges. It’s troublesome to attain it, and much more so to take care of it. It begins with excellence intimately. 

“You can not make two errors the identical, if it occurs it signifies that there’s something to alter.” 

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