Charles Leclerc explains Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019
Charles Leclerc has the slogan 'MISSION WINNOW' stitched into his Ferrari hat.
It’s on his flame red jacket, the baseball caps, the rear wing of the famous Maranello machines, and a range of promotional goods from backers PMI.
Their marketeers define the catchword as “learning from past mistakes to shape the future”; others simply see it as ‘Win Now’.
The dictionary describes winnowing as a method of refining the best from the rest.
Whichever way you look at it Maranello’s baby-faced assassin is living it to a tee.
In 20 races Leclerc's electrifying pace has transformed him from little known rookie to Ferrari’s, and maybe even the sport’s, future alongside Max Verstappen.
He has ripped up the form book and arrives in Abu Dhabi this week in the eye of a storm caused by speed that has put the prominence of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel on the line at Ferrari and maybe even his long-term participation in the sport in doubt.