It must be something in the water. A week after rookie Colton Herta won his first IndyCar race, Ferrari phenom Charles Leclerc just notched his first F1 pole position, at Bahrain. Leclerc was promoted rapidly at Ferrari to replace veteran Kimi Raikonnen, who moved to Sauber/Alfa. Although Ferrari occasionally makes some head-scratching decisions, the elevation of Leclerc looks to be a savvy move by the Prancing Horse. Will this make Vettel nervous?
Let’s not make too much of one P1. Leclerc clearly has gifts (as does Herta), but it takes more than that to be a champion. Specifically, Ferrari need to stop the bad habit of own goals that cost championships. And young drivers sometimes lose the plot along the way.