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Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior.

Thirteen races in 19 weeks. The first part of the 2022 Formula 1 campaign has been gruelling, with little allowance for respite and decompression. Now the summer break is underway, and the drivers find themselves chilling by a swimming pool, perhaps they might allow their minds to wander. For instance, Charles Leclerc could very well be entertaining for the briefest of moments what life might be like away from Ferrari.

There’s absolutely nothing to suggest he’s weighing up heading for the exit, especially as he holds a contract with the Scuderia until the end of 2026. And with George Russell clearly the future of Mercedes, Max Verstappen betrothed to Red Bull for a similarly long time and Lando Norris the face of McLaren for the foreseeable, there’s the small detail of where Leclerc would go should he rock the paddock by binning his red overalls.

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