Charles Leclerc believes that it will be unusual not to see Sebastian Vettel in Formula 1.
Vettel announced earlier on Thursday that he will retire from F1 after the 2022 season. Leclerc raced alongside the German at Ferrari in 2019 and 2020. The Monegasque reflected on their relationship and revealed that Vettel supported him after the French GP crash.
“Our relationship evolved throughout the years. I arrived the first year and I was obviously super impressed and I think I was probably very weird to him because I was shy and didn’t know what to say when I was with him,” Leclerc said.
“But now he’s a friend and he always texts me, like he did after Sunday, and always tried to make me feel better whenever I’m going through a tough time. So it’s nice to see how much we’ve grown since I first met him.
“Maybe for him he’s much happier in the place he’s going now. But obviously it’s going to be strange to not see Seb inside the paddock. I’ve learnt so much driving with him and he’s always been super nice with me.”