Last updated on September 3, 2019
Lewis Hamilton on Monday predicted greater success because of his victorious Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc and steered the Monegasque driver since the preferred for the week’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza. After finishing second behind Leclerc in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, a race weekend overshadowed by the passing of French Formula 2 motorist Anthoine Hubert per day before, Hamilton prediction that having eventually secured his maiden triumph, Leclerc would finally go on to assert more successes.
“They’re so much quicker than people and Monza is straights… We’ll do our best, but it will be a challenging task to suit them.”
Hamilton improved his lead in this year’s title race into 69 points before re-signed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who came home , also was quick to commend 21-year-old Leclerc because of his performance under stress.
“He did a fantastic job,” explained Hamilton. “Even though we had different plans, it might have been difficult to have conquered him. He deserved to win”
Leclerc, widely tipped as a future winner, played with grace and humankind off and on the circuit through a stressful race weekend which saw him move in 12 points of his Ferrari team-mate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel from the drivers’ standings.
He’s out-qualified Vettel at six races in series, making the German fighting to keep his standing as Ferrari’s lead driver. It’s currently over a year since its last triumph, ironically in Belgium at 2018.
“I believe his results speak for themselves ” added Hamilton, speaking to Leclerc, that has given five podium finishes in his last seven outings.
“It isn’t simple for any driver to leap right into a leading group, let alone Ferrari… and to be constant from race out-perform, out-qualify and out-drive that a four-time world winner isn’t simple to do.
“Therefore I believe that speaks for itself. He has been very unfortunate in a number of races this season. Could easily have become the third win now.
“So, there is much more greatness to come out of him and I am excited about seeing his expansion and rushing together with him… Now, it was enjoyable, attempting to pursue him. He was only a tiny bit too fast.”
While Leclerc finally captured a success, yet another young driver impressed with completing fifth — Red Bull newcomer Alex Albon rising from 17th to procure a solid lead to his first race with the team after marketing from Toro Rosso.
“I have been really impressed by Alex’s functionality and he put in a fantastic recovery push in his very first race,” said Red Bull team leader Christian Horner of this London-born Thai racer.
“I had some fantastic fun on the market and that I liked this race a good deal,” explained Albon. “I started off the weekend quite apprehensive and if you’d told me I would complete the race I’d be quite happy, but I am somewhat more relaxed today.”