Born on October 16, 1997, in Monaco, Charles Leclerc began his karting journey in 2005, clinching championships from his very first year. Transitioning to larger machinery in 2014 marked the start of a complex journey towards Formula 1.
From Formula Renault to Formula 2, the Monegasque driver competed in various open-wheel categories, consistently achieving success. His official Formula 1 debut came in 2018 with Sauber, where he secured his first points. After just one year, the call from Ferrari came, and since then, Leclerc has been representing the renowned team from Maranello.
Leclerc in 2022
Since 2021, Leclerc has been the team leader at Ferrari, previously partnering with the experienced Sebastian Vettel. His mission is clear: restoration of honor. Ferrari struggled in 2020, but in 2021, the Ferrari duo of Leclerc and Sainz managed to partially recover by securing P3 in the constructors’ standings. In 2022, the team aims to build on that success, and the upward trajectory is already evident.
Leclerc, the Crown Prince of Ferrari
Long before his Formula 1 debut, Leclerc was recognized in racing circles as one of the greatest talents. In karting, he frequently battled with his peer Max Verstappen, and in the junior categories, he consistently made his presence felt. His debut in Formula 3 in 2015 resulted in a fourth-place finish, and the following year, he clinched his first GP3 championship. The breakthrough came in 2017 when he debuted in Formula 2. The second Formula 2 race in Bahrain left a lasting impression, as he led the race, made the lone pit stop, re-emerged in 14th place, and remarkably regained the lead within eight laps. This set the tone for the rest of the year, as Leclerc became the dominant champion in Formula 2.
In 2018, Leclerc made his Formula 1 debut with Sauber. After a few races of adaptation, the then 21-year-old Monegasque driver established himself as a consistent presence in the midfield, despite the Sauber C37 not being the most competitive car. Notably, in the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, he finished sixth. In his impressive debut season, Leclerc accumulated 39 points compared to his teammate Marcus Ericsson’s 9 points. This performance convinced Ferrari to sign Leclerc for the 2019 season.
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