Leclerc notes 'different mood' at Ferrari since Vettel exit

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Leclerc notes 'different mood' at Ferrari since Vettel exit

Charles Leclerc admits the atmosphere has changed at Ferrari since Sebastian Vettel's departure from the team, saying he is now flanked by a "happy and motivated" teammate in the person of Carlos Sainz.

Vettel left the Scuderia at the end of 2020 after a six-year tenure that delivered 14 wins to the Italian outfit but crucially fell short of the German's ambition of bringing the world title back to Maranello.

Ahead of the start of the 2020 season, Ferrari announced that it had opted to part ways with the four-time world champion and put its trust in the talent of then McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.

So far, the collaboration between Leclerc and Sainz has been trouble-free and has induced a change of mood in the team according to the Monegasque.

"It’s different," Leclerc told RTL. "For Carlos, I still remember exactly how it feels, and you can imagine how motivated and happy he is about everything.

"The mood has changed a bit in the team. "I can’t tell what went wrong for Seb last year.

"I hope he has a good season this year because he is a great guy who works very hard."

Except for Portimão, where Sainz finished P11, Ferrari's chargers have delivered a bag of points at every race this season, a performance that points to a clear step forward for the Scuderia.

But Leclerc insists it's still a long way until Ferrari becomes a championship contender once again.

  • Read also: Unhappy Sainz says 'car was better than the result'

"It’s painful that we still have problems getting on the podium and fighting for wins," he said.

"We have improved since last year, but we still have a long way to go to get to where we want to be and that is the top.

"If you compare it to 2020, the first four races were positive," he added.

"We are focusing on 2022, that is our top priority. There will be no miracles this year. Next year there is a big opportunity for us.”

"2022 will be a good opportunity for all teams to reset their performance. The cars will be so different because you can barely take anything over from this year.”

"The teams that do the best job in development for the new car this year, will be the ones that end up best. It’s a great opportunity for us to get back to the front."

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Button singles out Verstappen as 'most talented driver' in F1

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Button singles out Verstappen as 'most talented driver' in F1

Jenson Button is a self-proclaimed big fan of Lewis Hamilton, but the 2009 F1 world champion feels compelled to single out Max Verstappen as the most talented driver on the current grid.

Verstappen celebrated at the Spanish Grand Prix his 100th race with Red Bull, having won his first ever race with the Milton Keynes-based squad precisely at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2016, becoming on that memorable occasion the sport's youngest winner at 18 years and 228 days.

Since, the Dutchman has added ten more wins to his track record, but his equipment hasn't allowed him over the years to consistently challenge the mighty Mercedes team and his arch-rival Lewis Hamilton.

But Red Bull's level of performance this season could allow its star driver to finally give the Briton a real run for his money over the duration of the 2021 campaign.

"Max is immensely talented," said Button. "If you look at the sheer talent, Max Verstappen is probably the most talented driver of all.

"I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but hey, this is just my opinion."

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Hamilton currently has the upper hand over Verstappen, having won three of the four races held so far this season while the Red Bull charger prevailed in the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

But Button, who raced alongside Hamilton for three seasons at McLaren, from 2010 to 2013, still holds his former teammate in the highest regard.

"The most complete driver, if you count the experience and the way he races, is Lewis Hamilton," he added.

"But in terms of pure talent, I really end up with Max."

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