On 12/09/2018 20:32, Sir Tim wrote:
> 2019 looks like being an interesting season.
> Is Charles Leclerc as good as people think he is?
Oh, from reading the subject line I thought you meant Charlie Whiting! I
did wonder what you may have read or heard, and of course there is
history of Vettel making clear he was not happy with Whiting. Also of
course I have not previously heard anyone referring to LeClerc as
Charlie as opposed to Charles.
> If he is will Ferrari allow him to race for the win?
We can only hope so, which of course everyone would say.
> I have a nasty feeling that Leclerc may turn out to be another
But LeClercis now more than half way through a full season and has been
impressive all that time, at least IMO. The same cannot be said of Van
Doorne who impressed when he stood in for Alonso for one race in 2016
but has not done so since.
Admittedly Stoffel had the twin disadvantages of a duff car
> and Alonso as a team mate, but therein lies some of Charles's problem: a
> big part of success in F1 is the ability to unite the team behind you.
> Seb was Helmut Marko's golden boy at Red Bull
And he was, I believe, a product of the Red Bull young driver programme.
LeClerc is a product of the Ferrari young driver programme, so might
they favour `their own guy´ over the import, especially if they are
and Kimi has been a
> reasonably compliant team mate at Ferrari - perhaps because he cares
> more about driving than politics.
My impression is that Kimi is too gentlemanly for modern F1. For example
he does not run a competitor off the outside of the track if they try to
overtake him around the outside. The same cannot be said of his team
mate or indeed some other drivers. What I see is that Kimi races very
fairly but few others do.
> Enzo Ferrari loved to pit his drivers against each other and enjoyed
> winding them up but, since Schumacher the team seems to have preferred
> to put its main effort behind one driver - a perfectly acceptable tactic
> but not so good for us spectators.
> Because many people (myself included) dislike Vettel as a personality
> there is a tendency to underrate his ability as a driver.
You under-rate the ability of a 4 times WDC because you don't like him
as a person? I do not like him as a person either but I think he,
Hamilton and Alonso are very closely matched in driving skill level and
clear of all the other drivers.
> mistake, Seb is very *very* good,
At controlling the car, but maybe not so good at controlling a situation
or indeed himself.
but he has shown that he is vulnerable
> to pressure. I just hope that Leclerc can justify his promise and that
> he will be allowed to test his team mate to the full - then we will find
> out whether Seb is one of the "greats" or just (sic) very, very good.
2 drivers good enough to win WDCs in one team, are we about to see a
replay of Alonso and Hamilton at McLaren?