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Leclerc new F1 deal: Best is yet to come with Ferrari

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Charles Leclerc will be a Ferrari driver until at least the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season, the team confirmed the news today in a press statement.

The legendary Maranello-based Italian F1 team announced: “Scuderia Ferrari is pleased to announce that it has extended its contract with Charles Leclerc who therefore will continue to drive for the Italian team in the Formula 1 World Championship beyond the 2024 season.”

This suggests at least a two-year deal, whether it extends into 2026 as well is unknown. This is when Audi makes their foray into F1 through Sauber. Both Ferrari drivers, Leclerc as well as Carlos Sainz have been linked with the drive.

Stake F1 betting odds have Leclerc 23.00 and the fourth favourite to win the 2024 F1 World Championship title, reigning World Champ, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is the outright favourite at 1.20

For now, 25-year-old Leclerc’s immediate future is clear: “I’m very pleased to know that I will be wearing the Scuderia Ferrari race suit for several more seasons to come.

“To race for this team has been my dream since I was three years old: I used to watch the Monaco Grand Prix from the window of a friend’s apartment at Ste. Devote corner and I would always look out for the red cars. This team is my second family ever since I joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016 and we have achieved a lot together, fighting through thick and thin over the past five years.

“However, I believe the best is yet to come and I can’t wait for this season to start, to make further progress and be competitive at every race. My dream remains that of winning the World Championship with Ferrari and I’m sure that in the years ahead, we will enjoy great times together and make our fans happy.”

Vasseur: His values and those of our team are intertwined

Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team with Frederic Vasseur, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Team Principal at Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday 5 October 2018.

Leclerc’s mentor from his early Sauber days, now team principal at Ferrari, Fred Vasseur commented: “Charles’ bond to the Scuderia goes beyond that of just a driver and a team, as he has been part of the Ferrari family for eight years now, dating back to a time before he first sported the Prancing Horse emblem on his race suit.

“His values and those of our team are intertwined and so it was natural for us to be in agreement on extending our collaboration. We know him for his incessant desire to push himself to the limit and we appreciate his extraordinary abilities when it comes to fighting and overtaking in a race.

“We are determined to give Charles a winning car and I know that his determination and commitment are elements that can make the difference in helping us reach our goals,” added Vasseur.

The presser also included highlights of Leclerc’s impressive racing CV:

  • A product of the Academy. Charles’ association with the Maranello marque goes back to before his time in Formula 1, as he joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016.
  • After a dominant performance in the 2017 Formula 2 championship, the Monegasque then spent a year learning his trade at Sauber before first racing with the Scuderia in 2019.
  • That year he became the youngest driver in the Scuderia’s history to win a Grand Prix, with a victory at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, a feat he repeated one week later in Monza in front of an ecstatic crowd.
  • In 2022, he won a further three Grands Prix on his way to finishing second in the Drivers’ standings.
  • Known for his exceptional abilities over a qualifying lap, at just 26 years of age, he is already second in the list of drivers who have secured pole position at the wheel of a Ferrari, equal on 23 with Niki Lauda, with only the legendary Michael Schumacher ahead on 58.
  • During his time with the Scuderia, he has taken part in 103 races, finished on the podium 30 times, set seven fastest race laps and scored 1035 points.
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