F1 driver Charles Leclerc’s contract with Ferrari could come to an early end, according to well-informed Italian media. The Monegasque driver may leave the Italian team if in September he has not achieved a number of points specified in his contract.

After three GPs he has obtained only six points – out of 78 – and that is why he is already facing a huge backlog. The Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Tuesday: “For Leclerc and Ferrari, the dissatisfaction with this start of the season is enormous. The uncertainty about the future has increased even further as Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s super consultant, has made details of Leclerc’s contract with Ferrari public.” 

According to the popular Italian sports newspaper, Lecerc’s departure from Ferrari after this year is not yet an issue, but Mercedes would be looking for an alternative driver if Lewis Hamilton were to retire from F1 after this season.

In any case, Ferrari and Leclerc both urgently need a good result this coming weekend at the Baku-Azerbaijan GP.