In last two years with Scuderia Ferrari, Charles Leclerc has proved time and time again, that he is a driver with capabilities and qualities of top notch. Last year was a highlight of his talent, as he was able to out perform the car and beat his German team-mate and four times world champion Sebastian Vettel.
"I think he's got a lot of talent. If he's got the right car, I'm pretty sure he can challenge Lewis Hamilton,” said Binotto to Craig Slater of Sky Sports News.
Talking further Binotto told he and Ferrari has no regret over losing the one of the most successful driver of all time and the partnership ended with no bitterness and both parties ended the partnership on a happy note.
"I don't think there will be regret because at the end when we took some decisions, we took them thinking they were the right decisions and today we have a fantastic driver like Charles where we invested a lot as Ferrari," explained Binotto.
Binotto added Carlos Sainz is a very talented driver and even though he has to fill big shoes, but the team has high hopes that he won’t fell short.
"We've made our choices, and I think together with Carlos we are very strong. I don't think there will be any regret."
Talking more about the coming season Ferrari will be going have the youngest pairing after 1968 with Sainz,26, and Leclerc,23 and have complete confidence on the drivers, even though they had the worst season in a long time.
"We will have a very young line-up in the future, the youngest Ferrari line-up since 1968, but those two drivers, Charles and Carlos, are very strong, very talented, and even though they are young they have some good experience in F1.
"I think Sebastian is a great person, a great driver, and we had some great moments together - but I think it was time to take a different decision and to move forward," Binotto explained to Sky Sports News' Craig Slater in an exclusive interview.
Ferrari has a long history of having clear number one and number two driver and since the glory days of Michael Schumacher it has become more imminent as Ferrari capitalized the Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello pairing to the fullest. But Mattia Binotto is of thought that team will give both drivers an equal chance and later in the season they will have a clear number based on the championship standings.
"There is not a number one and number two, they will have equal opportunities - certainly at the start of the season," said the team boss. "I'm pretty happy then that they are free to fight.
"I think what we have to do as usual is to optimise the team points, and when you optimise the team points normally you are optimising the drivers' points as well. Team points is the number one.
"Later in the season, let's see how things will progress, let's see what objectives individual drivers can maybe achieve and if we need to adopt a different strategy but at the start of the season, they will be free to fight."