Fernando Alonso backs Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to end Mercedes' F1 dominance

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Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has backed new Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to end the Mercedes domination in Formula 1.

The Spaniard claims that the young driver has the character to end the five-year domination of Toto Wolff's team.

Lewis Hamilton has won the Drivers' Championship for four of the last five seasons, with the other year being won by the German driver Nico Rosberg for the Silver Arrows.

Ferrari hold the record for the most amount of wins in Formula 1 with 235, with McLaren in second with 182.

Despite this, they have not won the Drivers' Championship since 2007, when a young Kimi Raikkonen won it by just one point.

Recently retired Alonso won his world championships in 2005, and again the following year to end what was then Ferrari’s dominance with the legend Michael Schumacher sweeping up the titles on a consecutive basis.

Leclerc finished 13th in his first season in F1 with his team Sauber, and did enough to make Ferrari move for him on a four-season long contract.

This move saw Raikkonen move in the opposite direction.

He won the Formula 2 world championship in 2017, and was also part of Ferrari’s driver academy - he will now race alongside former world champion Sebastian Vettel.

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Alonso was full of praise for the Monégasque driver when he spoke to Corriere della Sera, saying, as per GP Blog: “He (Leclerc) is young, intelligent, and talented, I'm curious to see if the Mercedes cycle will end. I feel that moment is near.

"I believe he has the combination of character and talent."

Recently retired Alonso also offered Leclerc some advice.

"Learn to score points (regularly), to help the team, and remember that the World Championship is decided between July and September," Alonso continued.

"Don't be in a hurry and keep the excitement and emotion under control."

The 2019 season starts on Sunday, March 17 in Australia.

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