Charles Leclerc told he can’t join Mercedes because of Lewis Hamilton

Charles Leclerc is set to leave Ferrari as early as the end of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

As Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari woes show no signs of shifting, speculation has arisen over potential suitors for the young talent.

Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher has told Sky Germany that Aston Martin may be a suitable destination for Leclerc.

“So far, there have only been Mercedes and Red Bull as potential options,” he stated.

“Mercedes is not quite as current at the moment, and it’s safe to assume that Hamilton will continue there.

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“But I believe a strong candidate is also Aston Martin, as they also need to look around. Fernando Alonso will have another year after that. Who knows, (Lawrence Stroll’s) son doesn’t fulfil the season goals, they may need to bring in another strong driver for the future, building alongside Fernando Alonso.

“Accordingly, that would be a logical possibility for Charles Leclerc, also considering the Honda partnership eventually.”

Since entering the sport in 2018 racing for Sauber, Leclerc impressed on arrival and took the seat of retiring superstar Kimi Raikkonen.

Although his time at Ferrari has been turbulent, with the team far below par, Leclerc has mustered up 5 race wins and 25 podiums, making him a valuable asset in F1.

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It looks increasingly likely that Lewis Hamilton will remain at Mercedes so a sensational move to the Silver Arrows may be off the cards.

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Leclerc’s only taste of success this season came at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when the driver finished third.

If Leclerc is to fulfil his potential and become a world champion, a switch to a rival team may be necessary.

Ferrari sit fourth in the constructor’s championship with 122 points, as Red Bull (321), Mercedes (167), and Aston Martin (154) continue to outperform the Scuderia outfit.