Cape Town – Eddie Jordan doubts Charles Leclerc will match Kimi
Raikkonen’s points-tally from this season when he races for Ferrari next year,
but says it is a sign the Scuderia are planning for the future.
Following the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari announced that
Raikkonen could be leaving the team at the end of this season.
His seat will instead go to Sauber rookie Leclerc, who will
become the youngster driver since Ricardo Rodriguez in 1961 to race for
“So now they’ve dumped Kimi Raikkonen, to be replaced
with Charles Leclerc, the fantastic Sauber driver,” former F1 team boss
Jordan told Channel 4.
“But I have to ask myself one question, is Charles
likely to get more points in the championship next season than Kimi would have?
“I wouldn’t bet on that.
“However, could Leclerc be a World Champion in the
“Perhaps Ferrari are thinking of a champion
“Charles was the choice of former Ferrari boss Sergio
Marchionne, who sadly died in July.
“And the new chairman John Elkann has endorsed that
despite pressure from within.”
The 70-year-old also weighed in on Sunday’s Singapore Grand
Prix saying Ferrari’s failure to win the race has all but put Vettel out of the
“It’s over,” he said.
“It was a big dagger in the heart of Ferrari, it was
“They didn’t get it right, their strategy was