Earlier this month, Charles Leclerc learnt that he would have a new team mate for next season with Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari and Carlos Sainz taking his place.
The Spaniard has been signed to a two-year deal, two years less than Leclerc’s contract which runs until the end of 2024.
With the Monégasque driver billed as the future of Ferrari, many pundits are wondering if Sainz has signed up to be Leclerc’s number two.
The two-time grand prix winners denies this.
Leclerc told L'Equipe: "Of course Carlos is going to challenge me, he is going to be very fast. I have not become number one. I think Carlos is a great driver and he is going to show it, if it is not obvious to everyone already. For me it will be a great challenge, different from driving alongside Vettel."
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Difference between Vettel and Sainz
One of the big differences is the experience of the two.
While 2020 will mark Sainz’s sixth season racing in Formula 1, it is Vettel’s 13th full season in the sport.
Leclerc feels he has learnt a great deal racing alongside the four-time World Champion.
He said: "It’s true that he taught me a lot of things. I’m very happy to have had him as a team mate, because he is a very experienced driver."