The king died, the king lived! The joint decision between Ferrari and its German driver Sebastian Vettel to separate at the end of the season left Charles Locklear at the forefront of Scuderia drivers.
And if the official statements of Ferrari officials this year that driver 1 and driver 2 did not exist, unlike last year when the armband tended to the German because of his experience and his four world titles, things have changed now, especially since Locklear from Monaco and the latter is younger. The driver sitting behind the Ferrari steering wheel when joining the Wild Horse team in 2019 is a long-term investment.
Locklear, now the only Ferrari member in the Formula 1 fold, renewed his contract last December until the end of 2024.
Locklear has been able to land since joining Ferrari in the summer of 2019. Asked about new Ferrari manager Mattia Binotto about the team’s hierarchy in his preparations for the 2019 season after joining Vettler, he said: “They have the freedom to compete” but in the “uncertain situation”, the Vettel is “the hero.”