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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc gives verdict on Ferrari 'reset' fears after Binotto departure

Charles Leclerc is hopeful Ferrari will not suffer from any short-term side-effects from the change of leadership, following Mattia Binotto's exit from the F1 team.

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Charles Leclerc is optimistic of Ferrari being able to survive a restructuring of leadership, following the news of Mattia Binotto's departure from the team.

A strong start to Ferrari's 2022 season failed to materialise into a sustained championship challenge, with the team almost falling to P3 in the Constructors' Championship behind a recovering Mercedes team.

Binotto ultimately resigned from his role as Team Principal at the end of the season, with Ferrari now looking to announce a replacement in the new year, which will their fifth in the last ten years.

Speaking at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony, Leclerc was asked by RacingNews365.com if he feared Ferrari being reset to the start of another 'cycle' with a new leadership structure being implemented.

"I don't know because, from my own experience, I've never had a team principal change during when I was racing for the same team," admitted Leclerc.

"It will probably require a little bit of time for the team principal to get at ease with the system and with Ferrari, because it's obviously a huge team.

"I believe that if it's done the right way, I don't think we will suffer any of it on the track. I'm pretty sure it will be a smooth transition."

Leclerc: I have no input in the decision

With such a prominent F1 role becoming available, many have been speculating on Binotto's permanent replacement.

With Leclerc having strong backing and a long-term contract at Ferrari, he was asked if he had his own personal shortlist of candidates he would prefer to take over the role.

"No, and I won't comment on that, and obviously it's also not my decision, John [Elkann, Chairman] and Benedetto [Vigna, CEO] are going to take the decision," reiterated Leclerc.

"We are just trying to focus our job on the simulator with the team in order to have the best race car possible for for next year, but the decision will will be done by them."

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