FIA Formula 2 Championship leader and Ferrari Driver Academy Driver Charles Leclerc believes he is ready to make the step into Formula 1 next year.
The Monegasque driver has dominated this year’s Formula 2 championship with a 50 point lead ahead of rival Oliver Rowland with four rounds to go.
Speaking to Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Leclerc has said he would like to go into F1 if he wins the F2 championship this year.
“In my career I have always taken it step by step, so now I am trying to win the Formula 2 title and then I would like to go to F1.”
When asked if a team boss approached him to race for 2018 in F1, Leclerc answered: “I would, because I feel ready.”
“Would I be willing to wait another year? I would prefer no, because if I win the F2 championship I cannot defend the title, so waiting would not help me.”
Leclerc took part at the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test with Scuderia Ferrari on the first day, setting the fastest time of all ahead of Mclaren Honda‘s Stoffel Vandoorne.
Rumours surround Leclerc over a possible seat with Sauber F1 Team for 2018, after the Swizz based team cancelled their deal with Honda for a extended partnership with Ferrari.
Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne plans to use the deal with Sauber as a junior team to nurture their young drivers into Formula 1 before making the switch to Ferrari.
Whilst Leclerc’s dream is to race in the famous red car of Ferrari, the nineteen year old will have to hope one day the dream can become reality.
“The big dream is to wear red and I hope that one day it will become reality. But I also think of everything, as long as it is F1.”