MONZA – Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says the Italian team's latest race winner Charles Leclerc reminds him of the Niki Lauda of the 1970s.
The 21-year-old Monegasque took his first Formula One victory in Belgium last weekend, also becoming Ferrari's youngest ever winner, and has impressed with his calm under pressure and speed.
Speaking to reporters at an event in Milan on Wednesday evening to mark Ferrari's 90th anniversary, Montezemolo said Leclerc was quick even last year in his debut season with uncompetitive Sauber.
"With Ferrari of course it's different. He makes very few mistakes. Like Niki at the beginning, he was only conscious why he made the mistake (and how) not to repeat it," said Montezemolo.
"I think he is a very intelligent driver, very quick. Not only on one lap but also in the race. I think he can maybe be the best representative of a new generation of drivers. It's very important for Formula One."