Don’t count on Charles Leclerc to plot or scheme at Ferrari, the Monegasque making clear he has no intention of resorting to political games when it comes to managing his relationship with Sebastian Vettel.
Leclerc was very much a match for his team mate in the opening round of the 2019 season in Melbourne, but the Monegasque clearly outpaced Vettel in Bahrain where only an engine issue robbed him of his maiden F1 win.
Since however, Vettel has fought back and regained the upper hand against the 21-year-old but Leclerc is determined to counter on the track, not behind the scenes.
"I just do my job on the circuit and I am satisfied with that myself. I certainly feel at ease with Ferrari," Leclerc told L'Equipe.
"I don't like political games at all. In fact, I hate that political act.
“That is not my style. I am friends with no one purely for the sole purpose of using it. I prefer good and natural friendships."
Leclerc feels that his position within the Scuderia has gradually strengthened although Vettel retains at Maranello his privileged status of number one.
"It is true that the situation after Bahrain has changed, Leclerc said.
"The team has more respect for me since I showed that I can win races.
"I understand there must be a certain hierarchy in a team like Ferrari. It is also clear to me that Seb is the favourite within the team because of his incredible experience.
"I must continue to do my job well by making fewer mistakes on the job. Seb simply makes fewer mistakes than I do."