Ferrari’s boss Mattia Binotto, has always affirmed that Ferrari’s objectives have the priority over the individual interests of its drivers.
Last season, Vettel, given his major expertise and four Formula 1 Championship, was considered as the first driver by Ferrari. Nevertheless, Leclerc demonstrated superior performance over his team-mate, challenging the German driver on several occasions, and obtaining a higher number of victories and pole-positions.
Binotto, remarking Leclerc’s extraordinary performance, claimed that the two drivers will be regarded on the same level in 2020, since the Monegasque talent demonstrated to be as competitive as his team-mate.
“I think that he has already proved to be ready.
“I think he did a fantastic, a great season last year.
“He was on the same level as Sebastian at the end of last year as well, in terms of final results. I think he has proved that he can do it.”
The Italian manager continued pointing out that there may be team orders in case one driver in a clear situation. Binotto added that Vettel and Leclerc have a better understanding of the major importance of Ferrari’s objectives over their personal aspirations.
“I think that last year has been very useful to both of them and myself to know each other, to understand how we should behave, and what should be the roles in the team.
“What's the priority? The team is first. I think that the two drivers now know each other a lot better and are behaving well. I'm very happy the way with the level of the discussion we’ve got, the level of contribution to the car, to the team, and the way that they are really discussing.
“So I think that generally speaking, there is not much to tell them, because they understand perfectly what should be the way to be able to win on track.”