Is Charles Leclerc moving to Mercedes? The ‘open secret’ in F1
The world of Formula 1 is abuzz with rumors once again, and this time, it’s about Charles Leclerc’s potential move to Mercedes. Italian F1 journalist Leo Turrini claims that it is an “open secret” within the F1 community that Leclerc is in talks with Mercedes, but there is no concrete evidence to back up this claim.
According to the Italian F1 journalist Leo Turrini, there is a widely known but unconfirmed rumor within the Formula 1 community that Charles Leclerc is in discussions with Mercedes. At present, there is no substantiating proof for this assertion.
Lewis Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes is set to end in 2023, and although a new contract has not been finalized, both Hamilton and team principal Toto Wolff have expressed their desire to extend their partnership.
Despite Hamilton and Wolff’s expressed intentions to continue working together, the Formula 1 media remains fixated on speculating about Hamilton’s future. The most recent rumor originated from Italian journalist Leo Turrini, who is known for occasionally publishing sensational stories.
Turrini claims that Charles Leclerc, whose contract with Ferrari will expire in 2024, is reportedly in discussions with Mercedes regarding a future seat in the team. However, it should be noted that there is no concrete evidence to substantiate this claim, and it remains purely speculative at this point.
In his column for Quotidiano Nazionale, Leo Turrini wrote that the idea of Charles Leclerc talking to Mercedes is an “open secret” within the Formula 1 community. According to Turrini, this information is widely known, from the Ferrari garage in Maranello to people in the Indian Ocean. However, it is important to note that this claim is still speculative and unconfirmed.
Leo Turrini wrote in his column that Charles Leclerc has demonstrated flashes of brilliance in his career so far but also acknowledges that time is passing. However, the claim that Leclerc is in talks with Mercedes remains unconfirmed, and there is no concrete evidence to support this rumor.
In a recent interview, Toto Wolff explicitly stated that Mercedes is not considering other options if Lewis Hamilton decides not to renew his contract, suggesting that the team is fully committed to their partnership with Hamilton. Therefore, it is important to take these rumors with a grain of salt until there is official confirmation or evidence to support them.
Toto Wolff recently stated in an interview that he finds it challenging to think of a backup plan in case Lewis Hamilton decides not to renew his contract with Mercedes, and that he has no interest in engaging in discussions with other drivers. He expressed satisfaction with the current drivers in the team, indicating that Lewis Hamilton is his priority and that there is currently no Plan B.
The media has also been speculating about the possibility of Lewis Hamilton moving to Ferrari, but Leo Turrini added that he thinks this is not very likely. According to Turrini, Hamilton has never been close to joining the Ferrari team, even when former Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo considered it after being disappointed with Fernando Alonso. Turrini also noted that by that time, Hamilton had already made himself comfortable at Mercedes, and no deal was ever reached.
Leo Turrini also claimed that in 2019, the current Ferrari president John Elkann looked into Lewis Hamilton’s contract, but at that time, Hamilton was not interested in leaving Mercedes.
In summary, despite the ongoing rumors circulating in the media, it is highly unlikely that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will end their long-standing partnership. Both Hamilton and Toto Wolff have expressed their desire to continue working together, and it is highly probable that Hamilton’s contract will be extended with Mercedes. Therefore, until there is official confirmation or evidence, it is important to approach any rumors regarding Hamilton’s future with caution.
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