Cape Town - Charles Leclerc is adamant he's not heading to Ferrari to
learn, rather he is there to challenge and believes the team will let him race
Earlier this week Ferrari confirmed Leclerc's signing,
announcing that the 20-year-old will replace Kimi Raikkonen at the end of this
And although Leclerc will become Ferrari's youngest driver
since 1961, he expects parity with Vettel.
"It's more or less like this in every team,"
"You have two drivers who start the season on equal
status and then at one point in the season you see some team orders because
probably one driver is playing for the championship and the other is not.
"This is normal, in every team it's happening. But I
believe they will let us race at the beginning of the season."
The Monaco driver, 10 years Vettel's junior, concedes there
are a lot of questions he will have to answer next season.
"This is a big question mark for a lot of people,
whether I'm ready or not," he said.
"Whether I'm ready or not, I can't tell - but I think
that if you see Lewis, he arrived the first year and straight away was there
[at the top].
"Experience is always a plus obviously, but if you are
good enough on one seat, you are good enough [for a top seat] from the first
year you arrive in Formula 1.
"And if next year I don't have the results good enough
to stay in Ferrari, then it would be normal that I downgrade, but then I don't
deserve a Ferrari seat. This is how I see things."
He, however, insists he's not heading to Ferrari to learn,
he's there to challenge.
"I need to deliver - I'm not going to Ferrari to learn.
"I've had a very good season this year where I could
learn most of it and next year is to perform where I should be once you are
going in a big team.
"I'm not saying I will not learn anything anymore, as I
have so much to learn still and I can still improve a lot, but I will be a lot
more ready than I was at the beginning."