Charles Leclerc revealed he was aware of talks between Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton about a possible 2025 deal before signing a new deal with the Italian Formula 1 team, so the announcement didn’t surprise him as much as it did his colleague. Carlos Sainz Jr.
Information on the extension of the contract with Monegasque coincided with the Englishman’s signing, which led to speculation and speculation as to whether the 26-year-old was aware of the seven-time signing. World Champion.
Leclerc said that the red team informed him of their plans, so he was not surprised by Hamilton’s arrival. “These types of contracts don’t happen overnight. I was aware of the negotiations before I signed my contract, so it wasn’t a surprise after I signed.”
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The Monte Carlo native described Lewis Hamilton as the most amazing and successful driver in history, highlighting the experience he will bring to the team. However, he also expressed his closeness with his current teammate, Carlos Sainz, who hopes to get better results this season that they will continue together.
With Carlos (Sainz), it’s been great and we have one more year together to try to do the best possible job
Charles Leclerc was unaffected in his speech
Despite Lewis Hamilton’s move to join Ferrari, Charles Leclerc said that having the multiple champion at the team did not affect his contract negotiations.
Recently, Leclerc He insisted that he only focused on what was best for him and that talks with the team were not affected by Hamilton’s arrival.
“No, nothing has changed in my discussions because, again, I focus on myself and what is good for me. There has been no change in needs or anything for me. That was not part of my discussions,” he reiterated. Monegasque.
The young driver thanked the team for its openness during the negotiation process and noted that he was aware of the situation from the beginning and realized that the arrival of the Englishman would bring positive things.
The Monegasque also revealed that he was in contact with Lewis Hamilton once his Madrid signing was officially confirmed. Ferrari. “Yes, we have had a conversation with Lewis, especially when everything was announced and made official.”