Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has said he misses Sebastian Vettel's experience and the four-time F1 world champion's "simplicity".
Leclerc partnered Vettel for two years at Ferrari. The Monegasque driver managed to outscore his more illustrious teammate in both of those seasons, in turn, proving to the team that he is capable of leading them into the future. Despite these assertions, Leclerc still misses certain characteristics of his former teammate.
"Definitely, starting with his (Vettel's) experience," Leclerc told Motorsport.com's Italian site.
"In certain situations he had great analytical skills, and I think I learned a lot from Seb in this respect. I realized that the importance he gave to some details in the end made a big difference on the track, it was very interesting for me to evaluate these aspects.
"Then Seb is a very good person, who has always struck me for his simplicity."
Leclerc also discussed why he was able to better acquit himself to Ferrari's SF1000 car, something Vettel struggled with consistently throughout 2020.
"I think in the end it's really a question of feeling and driving style," Leclerc explained.
"I like a rear that moves so that I can use it to turn the car, other drivers suffer from this aspect. The SF1000 had a rear that wasn't very stable, and for me that aspect was never a problem, but I can't answer for Seb, it's just an aspect that concerns my driving style."
The Monegasque driver also discussed what it was like working with new teammate, Carlos Sainz and what the Spainiard brings to the Maranello-based outfit.
"In recent years he has been in several teams, and I think it's always interesting to get an idea of how the opponents work," Sainz elaborated.
"Then I immediately perceived his great motivation, he is in his first year with Ferrari and you can see that he wants to do very well immediately, and this euphoria is contagious for the benefit of the whole team. I believe that for a team it is always positive to have two riders who push and paw to get back to victory."