Lewis Hamilton and Leclerc ‘control’ theory as pair tipped for partnership

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Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc may not be “difficult to control” as team-mates at Ferrari, according to Johnny Herbert. Seven-time champion Hamilton has been linked with a move to the Scuderia with no deal yet agreed at Mercedes.

A potential switch could see Hamilton and Leclerc line-up alongside each other in what would become one of the best partnerships on the grid. But, two top drivers in the same squad has its downsides with the increased pressure.

Hamilton and Nico Rosberg went toe-to-toe at Mercedes in 2016 while tensions are rising between Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen at Red Bull now. Herbert feels the situation at Ferrari would not be the same due to both driver’s mentality.

He told Express Sport: “When I look at Charles and I look at Lewis I don’t see they’ve got this sort of ‘I am number one. I am the only number one in the team and if I’m not number one I will get all upset and b****y and spit my dummy out of my pram’.

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“I don’t see that with those two. So I think it could benefit Ferrari. It’s not something that I think would be difficult to control. I don’t think you will get the awkwardness. It might happen, Charles is going to grow up in the coming years but the experience of someone like Lewis would be wonderful to have that for two or three years.

“Then you use that for your latter years of your racing career. He’s probably got 10 years left. I don’t see it as a problem.” Ex-TV presenter Eddie Jordan claimed Hamilton moving to Ferrari would be good for the sport and give the 38-year-old a new challenge.

Meanwhile, Martin Brundle feels the Briton could have “one more roll of the dice” as he has at least five years left in F1. However, Hamilton has appeared to deny he would be interested in a switch as he continues to pledge his allegiance to the Silver Arrows.

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Meanwhile, Leclerc has also been rumoured to be in talks with Mercedes over a possible transfer. It comes after Italian media reported it was an “open secret” the Monegasque was in discussion with the German outfit.

Leclerc has also denied the speculation but failed to completely rule out a future move. Herbert added: “I can’t see why he would want to go the other way, I’m a bit surprised that’s come up but maybe that’s a bit of a few games, mental games being played.”

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