There has been a debate going around amongst the F1 fandom for years now, over who the greatest F1 driver is. And unsurprisingly, the debate circled around two of the highly-rated world champions – Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
Interestingly though, it is neither according to Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli, the CEO of Formula Medicine. Ceccarelli, who has 30 years of experience in sports medicine, suggested two other drivers who are worthy enough to be hailed as one of the most perfect drivers in F1.
What did the founder of Formula Medicine say?
“I knew Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher well. They were driven by this extreme search to find a defect to improve. But the driver who came closest to perfection for me was Robert Kubica. And Charles Leclerc,” he said.
Robert Kubica of Poland driving the (88) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during the F1 Young Drivers Test at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Kubica was once a fierce racing driver during his time with BMW, having secured a win and 9 podiums in 4 seasons. What’s more, the Pole thrived at Renault as well, after switching to the French outfit in 2010. However, then arrived the unfortunate crash during the first stage of the Ronde di Andora rally.
The severity of the accident meant that even a driver as strong as Kubica couldn’t make a sound comeback in F1 after returning to the grid in 2019. He struggled throughout the season and ultimately withdrew from being a full-time racer. However, he still plays a role in F1 by being Alfa Romeo’s reserve driver.
Charles Leclerc: A future F1 world champion in the making?
From the moment Leclerc stepped his foot into F1, the Monegasque constantly showed signs of becoming a future star. And rightfully so, Ferrari, too, witnessed the spark in Leclerc and recruited him into the Maranello outfit.
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after finishing second Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
Leclerc initially faced the teammate challenge of 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. And the Monegasque beat the German effectively, bolstering his chances of winning a title in coming years.
And despite Ferrari’s struggles, Leclerc has punched above his weight to secure 2 pole positions and a podium for the team this season.
Hence, amidst hopes of Ferrari returning to form by 2022, can Leclerc set himself up for the pursuit of the F1 title next season? Well, only time will tell.
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