Charles Leclerc or Charles Marc Herve Perceval Leclerc is a professional racing driver who is currently competing for the Scuderia Ferrari team in Formula One.
The Monegasque racer made his Formula One debut in 2018 after being a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy. Before joining the highest international single-seater auto car racing, he had won several championships including the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship and the 2016 GP3 Series. Due to his excellent performance as a newbie under Formula One, he is known for being the second-youngest driver to qualify for the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix on pole position. He is also the youngest driver to have ever won the Pole Trophy since the trophy’s introduction in 2014.
Leclerc started his racing career as a karting racer in 2005. In the same year, he won the French PACA Championship. He also won the same title in 2006 and 2008. During his stint in karting, which was from 2005 to 2013, he won many championships including but not limited to the Junior Monaco Kart Cup, CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup, and the WSK Euro Series title. He also finished second during the 2013 CIK-KIA World KZ Championship.
After karting, Leclerc moved to races under Formula Renault, Formula Three, and GP3. These all happened from 2014-2016. By 2017, he was racing in FIA Formula 2 while at the same time taking part in the Ferrari Driver Academy. During his time in the academy, he became a development driver. By 2018, he signed as a race driver for Sauber F1 Team and joined the Formula One World Championship.
Finally, in 2019, he was signed under Scuderia Ferrari. He won two F1 races that season, triumphing in Belgium at Spa and Italy at Monza.
Leclerc and Ferrari started the 2022 F1 season impressively, looking a major threat to Red Bull by claiming victory in two of the first three races of that season. However, the team encountered issues, particularly with strategy, and eventually they slipped behind Max Verstappen and Red Bull. Leclerc finished the season in second in the Drivers’ Championship with 308 points.
Aside from being a professional racing driver, Leclerc is also part of other ventures, including appearances in films, model endorsement for Giorgio Armani. he also has philanthropic endeavors like supporting the Red Cross of both Monaco and Italy as well as being the ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
Formula One Career Highlights
- 5 wins
- 30 podiums
- 23 pole positions
- 910 career points
- 7 fastest laps
- 2020 Monaco Medal of Honor
- 2020 Confartigianato Motori Driver of the Year
- 2019 Belgian Grand Prix winner
- 2019 Italian Grand Prix winner
- 2019 Pirelli Pole Position Trophy
- 2018 FIA Rookie of the Year
- 2018 Confartigianato Motori Best Young Driver
- 2018 Autosport Awards Rookie of the Year
- 2017 FIA Rookie of the Year