F3 star Leclerc tipped for Haas development driver role

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European F3 young gun Charles Leclerc is set to be incorporated into the Ferrari Driver Academy following the departure from the Scuderia's breeding ground of Raffaele Marciello and Lance Stroll.

Monegasque Leclerc, who happens to be managed by Nicolas Todt, who is of course particularly familiar with the house of Maranello given his association with Felipe Massa, will in turn be handed a development role with the new Haas F1 Team.

Leclerc's duties would likely include simulator work, with an opportunity to test with Haas at some point also in the cards.

A childhood friend of Jules BIanchi, Leclerc made his mark in karting where he progressed through the various classes before graduating to Formula Renault 2.0 in 2014.

This year, he stepped up to Formula 3, racing with the Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing, achieving his first victory in his third race at Silverstone, and ending his campaign in the junior formula fourth in the FIA European F3 Championship.

When asked about his protégé's plans, Nicolas Todt told Motorsport.com: “At the moment, the only thing I can confirm is that Charles will be testing in GP3 this week in Abu Dhabi during the three days.”

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