Ferrari Junior Charles Leclerc Hopes To Land F1 Seat In 2018
Runaway Formula 2 leader Charles Leclerc hopes to make the step up to Formula 1 in 2018, but claims he knows nothing about Ferrari's plans for him.
The Ferrari junior has been hotly tipped for a seat at Sauber next year, following their renewed engine deal with the Scuderia, and drove for them for the first time in Practice One at the Malaysia GP.
"The goal is to get a seat in F1 next year so I need to push in Formula 2, try to get the most experience in the four FP1s I do this year [Malaysia, USA, Mexico and Brazil] and be best prepared for next year if I get to be in F1," Leclerc said in Sepang.
"My ambition is to one day be in Formula 1 and hopefully become world champion. At the moment it is about experience.
"I've been told nothing special [about next year]. For now Ferrari and [manager] Nicolas [Todt] are speaking a lot. They don't really want me to be involved for now, they want me to focus on Formula 2 and I'm very happy about that.
"To be honest I don't want to know much. I have a goal to win Formula 2 this year and anything that comes after will come. I'm sure that Ferrari and Nicolas will work as hard as possible for me to have the best place in 2018."
Leclerc holds a 59-point advantage at the top of Formula 2 in his debut season and can wrap up the championship this weekend in Jerez.