Asked about Leclerc’s reported deal with Ferrari, Wolff added: “I don’t know anything about the contract situation, but he’s a great guy and why wouldn’t Ferrari sign him?”
Leclerc has amassed only five race wins in his five seasons with Ferrari amid the side’s struggles to equip him with machinery to regularly battle Mercedes and then Red Bull.
Despite experiencing a season thwarted by a capricious car and a sequence of errors on the team’s side, Leclerc was encouraged by the progress Ferrari made through the year.
“To be honest it’s been a disappointing season,” Leclerc admitted in Abu Dhabi.
“After last year, we expected to come to this season and try and fight for the championship which after the first race, we straightaway understood how difficult it will be compared to the Red Bull that had done a huge step forward, especially in race pace. We didn’t do the same step. So from that moment onwards, it was a bit disappointing.
“On the other hand, if you just look at this season – forget about last season – I think we’ve progressed quite a lot throughout the season which is positive and makes me confident for the future.
“But there’s a big gap to fill to get back the Red Bulls so we’ll work hard during the winter break and hopefully we’ll come back stronger next year with a car that is capable of winning.”