By Myanna Wedes.
The news of Arthur Leclerc joining the Ferrari Driver Academy is excellent and showcases the power of the Leclerc name as talented drivers, young athletes and dedicated sportsmen. Leclerc will take on the Formula Regional Series for Prema Powerteam which is a series that offers valuable F1 super license points and a potential future drive behind the Ferrari Formula One wheel. The Monegasque shares passion with his brother Charles and is proving to be an asset that had to be signed before anyone else pounced on the opportunity. Similar to that of the Marquez brothers in MotoGP. The additional eight drivers include Mick Schumacher, Robert Shwartzman, Giuliano Alesi, Callum Ilott, Marcus Armstrong, Enzo Fittipaldi, Gianluca Petecof and Dino Beganovic.
Technical Director Marco Matassa is interested in the competitiveness of Leclerc and seeing how the young driver grows within the Ferrari brand. The winter season was one of scouting for talent and ensuring that they have the full backing of the brand to ensure performance. It will be very important for the young driver to perform at every opportunity because the sport of motorsport can be very cutthroat and Charles Leclerc has proven his ability time and time again. The younger brother will have to learn to manage pressure and think on his toes in order to be worthy of a top drive. The time is now! Charles is aiming high for 2020 and is adamant that this season will be very important for Ferrari and his career. The red beast has not won a World Championship since 2007 which is what you consider a drought in this sport of four wheels.
The 2021 rules overhaul is one area that all drivers are watching closely. The budget cap is coming in from 2021 which will shake things up a lot and 2020 will be a season where teams will spend a lot of money to invest in further developing their cars, performance and reliability. The contract renewal for Charles was superb whilst Sebastian Vettel is off contract with rumours swirling that Daniel Ricciardo or Lewis Hamilton may secure the seat. The rumour mill is rife! No doubt, Arthur will be watching his brother closely to see how the Ferrari progresses and how he can improve by learning from others.
Talent can get you so far… the rest is up to Arthur to demonstrate on track. We wish him all the best throughout 2020.