Leclerc and Giovinazzi still have all to prove – Arrivabene
- November 23, 2019
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Scuderia boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari juniors Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi will need to demonstrate their worth before being considered for a race seat at Ferrari.
Maranello is leaving its driver pairing unchanged for 2018 with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen signing new contracts before the Italian Grand Prix.
“[Vettel and Raikkonen] went through the last three years with great co-operating within them. They feel very good together, being part of the team and translating this spirit to the overall team,” Arrivabene said.
“I think we don’t find any reason why not confirming them together.”
Giovinazzi and Leclerc have been heralded as the potential future of Maranello, with both young drivers currently under consideration for a seat at Sauber for 2018.
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The former raced for the Swiss outfit earlier this season when Pascal Wehrlein was sidelined, but blot his copy book when he endured a crash-filled China GP.
Formula 2 leader Leclerc is blitzing the opposition this season in the junior series and was highly impressive when he tested for the Scuderia in Hungary, just before the summer break.
A drive with the House of Maranello won’t come easily however for either young gun, as Arrivabene insists.
“Talking about the young drivers, they are growing,” said the Italian manager.
“Our objective is of course to grow up young drivers and maybe to see them in the future with us.This is the final goal.
‘But, before that, they need to demonstrate in Formula 1 that they deserve it.”
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