Ferrari told to sack Carlos Sainz and sign Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has repeatedly been linked with a move to Ferrari, as he continues to put off a new Mercedes contract.

As rumours swirl about the multi-year extension of Charles Leclerc’s tenure with Ferrari, F1 analyst Leo Turrini has offered his unique perspective, characterising Leclerc’s potential decision as a pivotal “life choice.” 

This new contract, if indeed true, could position Leclerc on a trajectory akin to a triumphant Kimi Räikkönen or a revered but title-eluding Jean Alesi, two contrasting paths etched in the annals of Scuderia Ferrari’s history.

Arriving at Ferrari in 2019 with high hopes of championship contention, Leclerc’s journey has been a testament to the interplay between driver prowess and machinery excellence. 

The quintessential truth in Formula 1 remains that a driver’s aspirations for World titles hinge on the performance of their car, a reality Leclerc has grappled with since donning the red suit.

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The potential zenith of Leclerc’s career manifested on the horizon in early 2022, only for Ferrari’s season to unravel, leaving Leclerc to wrestle with his own share of mistakes, notably a pivotal crash at the French Grand Prix. 

Amidst the ongoing challenges of this season, where Ferrari trails the commanding Red Bull, Leclerc has secured just three podiums, relegating him to fifth place in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Notwithstanding these trials, reports claim that Leclerc has inked a two-year extension, committing to Ferrari until the close of 2026. 

Italian journalist Leo Turrini’s perspective casts this move as more than a mere contract renewal, suggesting that the 29-year-old Leclerc is embarking on a defining “life choice.”

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Turrini’s insight was unveiled on his blog, where he penned, “Leclerc makes a life choice… either be the new Alesi or the new Raikkonen (i.e., a World Champion with the Reds).” 

Turrini’s assertion is rooted in the acknowledgment that Leclerc’s potential trajectory within Ferrari’s narrative could either culminate in championship triumph or endearment as a beloved driver without the ultimate title.

Turrini’s confidence in Leclerc’s capabilities is palpable as he remarked, “He’s good and I don’t think there are available drivers stronger than him.” 

However, Turrini also recognises that the driver question is not the crux of Ferrari’s current challenges. 

Drawing parallels with the famed “dream team” era led by luminaries like Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, Ross Brawn, and Rory Byrne, Turrini muses about the prospects of including Carlos Sainz in a hypothetical contemporary dream team.

Despite Sainz’s occasional links to other teams like Audi, his affinity for Ferrari is clear. Turrini acknowledged Sainz’s ambition, stating, “Carlos is legitimately ambitious… 

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“I would keep him.” 

Turrini’s endorsement of a dream team concept that includes Sainz underscores the intricate decision-making processes within the world of Formula 1.

In this intricate dance of allegiances and aspirations, one question remains: given a choice between the Ferrari drivers and a marquee talent like Lewis Hamilton, Turrini’s response is unambiguous – “Of course I would take Hamilton if he was available instead of Sainz.”