London - Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that he misjudged the potential and speed of Charles Leclerc and hinted that the Ferrari new boy may be faster than team-mate and four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The former commercial supremo of Formula One had been a critic of Ferrari’s decision to bring in Leclerc as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen.
But, he told La Gassetta dello Sport, he knows now that this was an error of judgement.
"I was wrong, I thought that sending Raikkonen away was not a good move," said Ecclestone.
"I will have to wait a while before making a final judgement, of course, but at the moment Charles seems to be super-fast.