Charles Leclerc. Source: F1

Charles Leclerc is a Monégasque racing driver who now competes for Scuderia Ferrari under the Monégasque flag in Formula One.

Early life

Source: Formula Scout

Leclerc grew up as the second oldest child of father Hervé Leclerc and mother Pascale, among two other siblings: a younger brother, Arthur Leclerc, and an older brother, Lorenzo. Leclerc had a close relationship with the late Jules Bianchi, to whom he was a godson, throughout his infancy and early career.

His father, Hervé, was a Formula 3 driver in the 1980s and 1990s. He died at the age of 54 following a long illness, just four days before Leclerc won the feature race at the 2017 Formula 2 Baku round.

Career

Leclerc joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016, and he has worked as a development driver for both the Haas F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari. As part of his development role, Leclerc drove for Haas in the first practise session of the British and German Grands Prix.

If Leclerc won the GP3 Series championship, it was expected that he would join Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas in F1 with Haas. However, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner refuted this, stating that Leclerc would compete in the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Source: The New Yrok Times

In 2017, he drove the Ferrari SF70H in the mid-season Hungaroring test following the Hungarian Grand Prix. He was the fastest on the first day of the test, doing 98 laps, and he did not participate in the second day’s test.

Sauber

Source: The Financial Times

Leclerc joined the Sauber F1 Team as a race driver for the 2018 Formula One World Championship, replacing Pascal Wehrlein and racing alongside Marcus Ericsson. This was the first appearance in Formula One by a Monégasque driver since Olivier Beretta in 1994.

With a sixth-place result in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he became the second Monégasque driver to gain points in Formula One, following Louis Chiron, who finished third in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix.

Ferrari

2019 season

Leclerc was recruited by Scuderia Ferrari for the 2019 season, replacing 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, who moved to Sauber (now Alfa Romeo).

While Leclerc’s contract was initially only confirmed for 2019, a few days later, then-Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene hinted that it would be four seasons lengthy, lasting “at least until 2022.” During the end-of-season test in November 2018, Leclerc made his first test day as an official Ferrari race driver.

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He started and finished fifth in his maiden Grand Prix for Ferrari, the Australian Grand Prix. In his second qualifying session for Ferrari, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he qualified on pole position for the first time in his Formula One career, setting a new track record and becoming the youngest Ferrari pole-sitter, having set the fastest times in two of the three practice sessions and all three qualifying sessions.

Leclerc finished fourth in the championship with 264 points, one point ahead of teammate Vettel. During his debut season with Ferrari, he finished on eleven podiums, won two races, set four fastest laps, and had the most pole positions of any driver that season, with seven.

Leclerc finished fourth in the championship with 264 points, one point ahead of teammate Vettel. During his debut season with Ferrari, he finished on eleven podiums, won two races, set four fastest laps, and had the most pole positions of any driver that season, with seven.

As a result, Leclerc was the first non-Mercedes driver to earn the Pole Position Award. He was also the first Monégasque driver to win a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix (although Louis Chiron had won several Grands Prix before the inaugural championship in 1950).

2020 season

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Leclerc qualified sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix, one position behind Vettel. Leclerc finished the race in 11th place, 5 places behind teammate Vettel, due to tyre wear and an overall lack of performance. Leclerc qualified fourth for the British Grand Prix and finished third, collecting his 12th podium finish of the season and his second of the season.

Leclerc qualified eighth for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. He then used a one-stop strategy to move up to fourth place in the race. He qualified thirteenth for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, but crashed out on lap 24 at Parabolica, when he was fourth, due to a pitstop earlier than others who pitted during a Safety Car period. A red flag was raised as a result of the crash.

2021

Leclerc is under contract with Ferrari until the end of 2024. Carlos Sainz Jr. has joined Ferrari as a replacement for Sebastian Vettel, giving Leclerc a new teammate for 2021. Leclerc qualified fourth, behind Valtteri Bottas, and finished sixth in Bahrain. He then started fourth and finished fourth at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, both times behind Lando Norris, after struggling to maintain his speed following a red light in the middle of the race. He was without a radio for the first part of the race.  Leclerc subsequently finished sixth at the Portuguese Grand Prix, moving him up to fifth in the points standings, ahead of teammate Sainz, who finished 11th.

Racing record

SeasonSeriesTeamRacesWinsPolesF/LapsPodiumsPointsPosition
2014Formula Renault 2.0 AlpsFortec Motorsports1421071992nd
2014Formula Renault 2.0 AlpsFortec Motorsports600030NC†
2015FIA Formula 3 European ChampionshipVan Amersfoort Racing3343513363.54th
2015Macau Grand PrixVan Amersfoort Racing10001N/A2nd
2016GP3 SeriesART Grand Prix1834482021st
2017FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipPrema Racing22784102821st
2018Formula OneAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team2100003913th
2019Formula OneScuderia Ferrari21274102644th
2020Formula OneScuderia Ferrari170002988th
2021Formula OneScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow9020062*6th*
Racing career summary

Personal life

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Leclerc is dating Charlotte Sine, the daughter of a Monaco businessman. In addition to his native French, Leclerc is fluent in Italian and English.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеCharles Marc Hervé Perceval Leclerc
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеCharles Leclerc
Віrth РlасеMonte Carlo, Monaco
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау16 October 1997
Аgе/Ноw Оld23 уеаrѕ оld
Неіght/Ноw Таll1.79 m
Wеіght69 kg
Раrеntѕ NаmеFаthеr –Hervé Leclerc
Моthеr –Pascale Leclerc
ЅіblіngѕArthur Leclerc
Nаtіоnаlіtуmonégasque
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕDating
GіrlfrіеndCharlotte Sine
РrоfеѕѕіоnFormula 1 driver
Nеt Wоrth$2 million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈuly 2021

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