Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc (French pronunciation: ​[ʃaʁl ləklɛʁ]; born 16 October 1997) is a Monégasque racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Ferrari. Leclerc won the GP3 Series championship in 2016 and the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017.[1][2]

Leclerc made his Formula One debut in 2018 for Sauber, a team affiliated with Ferrari, for which he was part of Ferrari Driver Academy. With Sauber having finished last the year before, Leclerc led the charge to improve the finishing position in the constructors' championship to eighth, being the highest ranked of the two Sauber drivers.[3] Leclerc agreed on a contract with Ferrari for the 2019 season where he is driving alongside Sebastian Vettel. Leclerc became the second-youngest driver to qualify on pole position in Formula One at the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc
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Leclerc in 2019
Born16 October 1997 (age 21)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityMonaco Monégasque
2019 teamFerrari
Car number16
Entries31 (31 starts)
Wins0
Podiums5
Career points159
Pole positions2
Fastest laps2
First entry2018 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2019 British Grand Prix
2018 position13th (39 pts)

Early career

2005–2013: Karting

Leclerc began his karting career in 2005, winning the French PACA Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2008.[4] In 2009 he became French Cadet champion before moving up to the KF3 class in 2010, where he won the Junior Monaco Kart Cup.[5] He continued in the KF3 class for 2011, winning the CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup, the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy and the ERDF Junior Kart Masters.[6] During the year, Leclerc also became a member of Nicolas Todt's All Road Management company.[7]

Leclerc graduated to the KF2 category in 2012 with the factory-backed ART Grand Prix team, winning the WSK Euro Series title,[8] as well as finishing runner-up in the CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship and the CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Championship.[9] In his final year of karting in 2013, Leclerc claimed sixth position in the CIK-FIA European KZ Championship and finished second in the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship, behind current Red Bull Formula One driver Max Verstappen.[10]

2014–2015: Formula Renault, Formula Three and GP3

In 2014, Leclerc graduated to single-seaters, racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship for British team Fortec Motorsports.[11] During the season, he took seven podium positions, including a double victory at Monza,[12] to finish runner-up in the championship behind Koiranen GP's Nyck de Vries.[13] Leclerc also won the Junior Championship title at the final race of the season in Jerez, finishing ahead of Russian teenager Matevos Isaakyan.[14]

Leclerc also took part in a partial Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season with Fortec as a guest driver. In the six races he contested he finished on the podium three times, taking a second place at the Nürburgring followed by a pair of second-place finishes at the Hungaroring.[15]

Leclerc graduated to Formula Three in 2015, racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing.[16] At the opening round of the season in Silverstone, Leclerc inherited pole position for the second and third races of the weekend after original pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist was excluded for a technical infringement.[17] He went on to take his first race victory in the third race of the weekend, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and Jake Dennis.[18] He took his second victory at the following round in Hockenheim, winning the third race as well as taking two additional podiums and three rookie victories over the course of the event.[19] Leclerc scored his third win in the first race at Spa-Francorchamps which saw him take the lead in the championship. However, Leclerc finished fourth in the standings, mostly due to damage sustained to his car's chassis following a collision with Lance Stroll at Zandvoort.

In November 2015, Leclerc finished second at the Macau Grand Prix.

In December 2015, Leclerc partook in post-season testing with ART Grand Prix and Arden International. In February 2016, de Vries confirmed that Leclerc would race in the 2016 season.[20] ART signed Leclerc the following week. With the team, he claimed three victories and took the title in Abu Dhabi, despite crashing out in the feature race.

2017 season: FIA Formula 2 Championship

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Leclerc leading the Jerez feature race, on his way to winning the Formula 2 championship

The week following his victory in the GP3 title race, Charles Leclerc was confirmed to be graduating to the Formula 2 series for the 2017 season with Prema Racing, alongside fellow GP3 racer and Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco.[21]

He made his debut at Bahrain, where he took pole position for the feature race, but only finished third.[22] In the sprint race, his Prema team chose to take a mid-race pit stop, which is very uncommon in the shorter sprint races. He pushed harder on his medium Pirelli tyres, creating a nine second lead before pitting. This would drop him down to 14th place, but Leclerc overtook 13 cars and took victory by overtaking Luca Ghiotto on the final lap.[23] After taking pole position for the second time in a row, he then fought off Ghiotto to win again in the Catalunya feature race, despite a radio issue.[24][25]

Leclerc did not score any points at his home round at Monaco. He was on pole, but retired from the lead of the race with a suspension problem. The retirement also meant he would start the sprint race from the back of the grid, and in this race he collided with Norman Nato whilst trying to make his way up the grid, which ultimately resulted in both drivers retiring from the race. He retained the championship lead despite the bad weekend, which he described as 'hugely disappointing'.[26][27][28]

Leclerc took a fourth consecutive pole at a race Azerbaijan, which he dedicated to his late father, Herve.[29] He converted this into another win, although the race was red flagged five laps before the scheduled end.[30] In the sprint race, he started from eighth, and dropped to tenth early on, but fought back to sixth. The retirement of the race leader, his title rival Oliver Rowland, and De Vries, who was also ahead of Leclerc, meant Leclerc improved to fourth. He then passed Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King, and began to close on the new leader, Nato. He passed Nato, but had been given a 10-second penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags, and therefore finished second.[31]

In Austria he took his fifth pole position, and then won the feature race from pole despite coming under pressure from teammate Fuoco, and towards the end, the DAMS of Latifi.[32][33] He would retire from the sprint race after colliding with Fuoco and spinning out.[34] By taking pole for the sixth time for the next race, at Silverstone, he matched the record for most pole positions in a row, which was set by Stoffel Vandoorne in 2014 and 2015, when the series were called GP2 Series. He won the feature race, even after his car set alight during the race, and even after one of his wing mirrors detached in the closing stages.[35]

He would not start from pole in Hungary, despite taking his seventh successive pole position, as he was disqualified for a technical infringement. Despite starting from the back, he was in 12th position by turn 1. Using an alternative tyre strategy that saw him start on the medium tyres, Leclerc was stuck behind Alexander Albon, who was on the same strategy, although he eventually got past and would finish fourth. He would also finish fourth in the sprint race the next day, giving him a 50-point championship lead over Rowland.[36][37][38]

For the Belgian rounds, Leclerc again took pole and won the race by a convincing margin of over 20 seconds, however his win was disqualified as one of his skidblocks was excessively worn. Having to start in 19th place, Leclerc managed to go back up to 5th place and finish 3.8 seconds behind the race winner, Sérgio Sette Câmara.

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Leclerc at the 2017 Formula 2 race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy

For the Italian feature race, Leclerc was battling for the lead however on the final lap, he was involved in an accident with De Vries. After starting towards the back of the grid for the second consecutive sprint race, Leclerc managed to fight his way back to 9th position, albeit out of the points.

With a 57-point margin over Rowland heading into the penultimate rounds at Jerez, Leclerc gained his 8th pole position of the season, with both of his timed laps being good enough for pole position. In the feature race, Leclerc dominated most of the early stint on soft tyres and was able to overtake most of the runners on the alternate strategy. With 7 laps to go however, Nobuharu Matsushita collided with Santino Ferrucci, which brought out the safety car. At the point that the race resumed, Leclerc was misinformed over team radio that it was the "last lap" even though there were four laps to go,[39] so after pushing hard to build a gap Leclerc's tyres were "overheated badly"[39] with several laps still to run, yet despite his tyres being "completely gone" by the end Leclerc managed to hold off a charging Rowland by 0.23 seconds,[40] and claim the FIA Formula 2 championship in his rookie season in the main F1 feeder series.

In claiming the championship, Leclerc became the youngest ever champion of the main support series for Formula 1 at 19 years 356 days old, and the first driver since Nico Hülkenberg in 2009 to win the championship in their rookie season (a feat which only Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have previously accomplished) and is the only driver to claim a championship with the Dallara GP2/11 chassis in their rookie season.

For the sprint race, Leclerc started in 8th place, however due to his car's aggressive setup, he and his teammate, Antonio Fuoco, had to pit in the sprint race. Due to the aggressive pace of Leclerc however, he rose up through the field, yet because of the excessive wear on his tyres, he conceded 3 positions on the final lap and finished in 7th position.

For the final rounds at Abu Dhabi, Leclerc qualified in 6th place for the Feature race, his lowest starting position all season barring penalties. Despite this however, he managed to finish the highest of the alternate strategy runners in Abu Dhabi (Soft then Super Soft) in 4th place (he had made it up till 3rd until the final corner of the final lap where he was pipped by Antonio Fuoco). This position however was subsequently changed to second after the race winner, Oliver Rowland, and Fuoco were disqualified for excessive floor wear and under-inflated front tyres respectively.

For Leclerc's final race, he started in 7th position. He was initially able to make up 2 places but was running slower than the race leaders Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi. As the race progressed however, Leclerc started gaining time compared to his rivals and managed to take Latifi with a few laps to go. For the final three laps, DRS was disabled and yellow flags in the final sector meant that Leclerc was stuck behind Albon, however on the final lap, both drivers tangled, triggered by Leclerc nudging Albon, and both had a drag race which they constantly were pushing each other until Leclerc finally took the lead and won by 1.293 seconds his final victory in his last ever F2 race.

Formula One career

Test driver

2016 season

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Leclerc testing for Sauber at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

In March 2016, it was announced that Leclerc would be one of two drivers to join the Ferrari Driver Academy and would act as development driver for Haas F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari.[41] As part of his role as development driver, Leclerc participated in the first practice session of the 2016 British Grand Prix driving for Haas. It was believed that if Leclerc won the GP3 Series championship, he would follow Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas direct from GP3 into F1 with Haas.[42] However this was debunked by Haas team principal Guenther Steiner who said that Leclerc would progress to the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship.[43]

2017 season

He took part in the mid-season Hungaroring test following the Hungarian Grand Prix, driving the Ferrari SF70H. He was fastest on the first day of the test, running 98 laps in the process, but did not take part in the second day's test.[44]

Sauber (2018)

2018 season

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Leclerc racing for Sauber at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

In December 2017, it was announced that Leclerc would make his racing debut in Formula One, signing with the newly rebranded Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as regular driver for 2018,[45] thus marking the first appearance of a Monégasque Formula One driver since Olivier Beretta in 1994.[N 1] At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a sixth place finish saw him become only the second Monégasque to score points in Formula One, after Louis Chiron finished on the podium at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix.

Leclerc ultimately almost entirely outqualified his team-mate Marcus Ericsson and ended up among the top 10 qualifiers on several occasions, participating in the Q3 session in qualifying. He also finished in the points on several occasions, including multiple 7th-place finishes during the second half of the season, finishing 13th in the championship in his sole season for the team prior to his Ferrari move.

Ferrari (2019)

2019 season

On 11 September 2018, Scuderia Ferrari announced the hiring of Leclerc for the 2019 season, replacing Kimi Räikkönen, who moved to Alfa Romeo.[47][48] While initially only announced for 2019, a few days later, then-Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene indicated that Leclerc's contract was going to be four seasons long, running "at least until 2022".[49] Leclerc made his first test day as an official Ferrari race driver on 28 November 2018 in Abu Dhabi.[50]

In his first Grand Prix driving for Ferrari, he started and finished in fifth position at the Australian Grand Prix. In his second qualifying for Ferrari, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he qualified on pole position for the first time in his F1 career, having the fastest times in 2 of the 3 practice sessions and in all of the qualifying sessions in the race, setting a new track record, and becoming the youngest driver to score a pole position for Ferrari.[51] Leclerc led for the majority of the race, but lost the lead and was overtaken by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas due to his engine dropping a cylinder with a failed fuel injector. He finished 3rd after the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg both retired on Lap 54 of the race, which caused the deployment of the safety car and prevented Verstappen from overtaking Leclerc, leading to the first podium of his F1 career.[52]

In China, Leclerc qualified 4th behind Vettel. After overtaking his teammate during the start, he was asked to yield and let Vettel pass. He eventually finished the Chinese Grand Prix in 5th.[53] In Azerbaijan, he was the favourite for pole position until a crash in the second qualifying session ended his contention. He started 8th after penalties for the two Alfa Romeos and finished the race 5th with an extra point for the fastest lap of the race.[54] At the following race in Monaco, he qualified 16th, as his team wanted him to stay in the garage to save tyres. He was however promoted to 15th following Antonio Giovinazzi's grid penalty. He overtook Lando Norris and Romain Grosjean but suffered a puncture after a failed attempt to pass the Renault of Nico Hülkenberg. He also suffered severe floor damage to his car, leading to his second retirement at his home race. Leclerc qualified 3rd in Canada, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault and behind Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. He would finish in the same position, his second podium finish of the season and of his career, behind the controversial 1-2 finish of Hamilton and teammate Sebastian Vettel. He would finish third again in France, having caught up to second-placed Bottas in the closing laps. At the Austrian Grand Prix, he qualified on pole position, the second pole of his Formula 1 career. He subsequently finished second after colliding with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, having led for the major part of the race.[55] The incident was investigated by the stewards after the race, who called it 'a racing incident' and decided against taking action as neither of them was, wholly or predominantly, to blame for the incident. [56]

In the British Grand Prix, he qualified P3 ahead of Max Verstappen.[57] He eventually finished the race P3 and was also voted 'Driver of the day' for fantastically defending his position against Max Verstappen during the early stages of the race. [58] This was his fourth consecutive podium finish of the season. [59]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Fortec Motorsports 14 2 1 0 7 199 2nd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 6 0 0 0 3 0 NC†
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Van Amersfoort Racing 33 4 3 5 13 363.5 4th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2016 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver
Haas F1 Team
GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 3 4 4 8 202 1st
2017 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver
Sauber F1 Team
FIA Formula 2 Championship Prema Racing 22 7 8 4 10 282 1st
2018 Formula One Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 39 13th
2019 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 10 0 2 2 5 120* 5th*

* Season still in progress.
† As Leclerc was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2015 Van Amersfoort Racing Volkswagen SIL
1

12
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

1
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

1
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

2
PAU
3

3
MNZ
1

5
MNZ
2

Ret
MNZ
3

3
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

6
SPA
3

2
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

3
NOR
3

4
ZAN
1

5
ZAN
2

Ret
ZAN
3

10
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

4
RBR
3

6
ALG
1

6
ALG
2

7
ALG
3

7
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

5
NÜR
3

5
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

10
HOC
3

21
4th 363.5

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2016 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

9
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

3
HOC
FEA

5
HOC
SPR

3
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SEP
FEA

3
SEP
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

9
1st 202

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Pos Points
2017 Prema Racing BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

4
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

18†
BAK
FEA

1
BAK
SPR

2
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

DSQ
SPA
SPR

5
MNZ
FEA

17
MNZ
SPR

9
JER
FEA

1
JER
SPR

7
YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR

1
1st 282

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2016 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR
TD
HUN
TD
GER
TD
BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA
TD
ABU
2017 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS CHN BHR RUS ESP MON CAN AZE AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN MAL
TD
JPN USA
TD
MEX
TD
BRA
TD
ABU
2018 Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO 1.6 V6 t AUS
13
BHR
12
CHN
19
AZE
6
ESP
10
MON
18
CAN
10
FRA
10
AUT
9
GBR
Ret
GER
15
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
11
SIN
9
RUS
7
JPN
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
7
BRA
7
ABU
7
13th 39
2019 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF90 Ferrari 064 1.6 V6 t AUS
5
BHR
3
CHN
5
AZE
5
ESP
5
MON
Ret
CAN
3
FRA
3
AUT
2
GBR
3
GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN MEX USA BRA ABU 5th* 120*

* Season still in progress.
Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Personal life

During his childhood, the Monaco-born Leclerc was a friend of the late Jules Bianchi from nearby Nice, who won his first racing championship when Leclerc was 10 years old. Leclerc began karting at the track managed by Bianchi's father in Brignoles. Like Bianchi, Leclerc joined the ARM management company headed by Nicolas Todt.[60] In an interview in 2018, Leclerc revealed that Bianchi was also his godfather.[61]

Leclerc has an older brother, Lorenzo, and a younger brother, Arthur. His father, Hervé, also raced cars, driving in Formula 3 in the 1980s and 1990s, and was well respected in karting. He died after a long illness, aged 54, just four days before his son won the feature race at the 2017 Formula 2 Baku weekend.[62][29]

He has been in a relationship with Italian Giada Gianni since January 2015.[63]

Notes

  1. ^ Beretta is the last Monégasque to compete in the sport, however Dutch driver Robert Doornbos raced with a Monégasque licence due to FIA licence regulations in 2005.[46]

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Preceded by
Antonio Fuoco
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Junior Champion

2014
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Matevos Isaakyan
Preceded by
Esteban Ocon
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Rookie Champion

2015
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Joel Eriksson
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Esteban Ocon
GP3 Series
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2016
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George Russell
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Pierre Gasly
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FIA Formula 2 Championship
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2017
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George Russell
Awards
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2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Series

The 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Series was the fourth year of the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series. The championship began on 5 April at Imola and finished on 5 October at Jerez after fourteen races held at seven meetings.Koiranen GP driver Nyck de Vries, in his second season of competing in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and his third season in Formula Renault overall, dominated the championship from the opening round, clinching the overall championship title with a round to spare. De Vries took nine overall wins during the season, with an additional class victory at Jerez, behind wildcard driver Bruno Bonifacio, who took the overall win. The remaining wins were shared between junior championship frontrunners Charles Leclerc and Matevos Isaakyan, who took doubles at Monza and the Red Bull Ring respectively. Leclerc prevailed in both championship battles; he beat Isaakyan by 19 points in the overall championship for second place, while Leclerc padded the advantage to 33 points for the junior championship honours. Koiranen GP comfortably won the teams' championship, finishing almost 150 points clear of the next best team, Fortec Motorsports.

2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship

The 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship was a multi-event motor racing championship for single-seat open wheel formula racing cars that was held across Europe. The championship featured drivers competing in two-litre Formula Three racing cars which conform to the technical regulations, or formula, for the championship. It was the fourth edition of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship .

Esteban Ocon was the reigning drivers' champion, but he did not defend his title as he moved across to the GP3 Series. His team, Prema Powerteam, was the defending winners of the teams' championship.

2016 GP3 Series

The 2016 GP3 Series season was the seventh season of the GP3 Series, a motor racing feeder series that runs in support of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship and sister series GP2. In keeping with the series' philosophy of updating its technical regulations every three years, the Dallara GP3/13 chassis introduced in the 2013 season was discontinued and Dallara supplied all teams with a new model known as the GP3/16, which will be used until 2018.ART Grand Prix started the season as the defending teams' champions, and successfully defended their title, securing the championship after the first race at Monza. Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, who drove for ART Grand Prix, won the drivers' title after the first race in the final round in Abu Dhabi.The most races were won by runner-up Alexander Albon, who scored 4 race wins, he lost the title by 25 points to his ART Grand Prix teammate Charles Leclerc who took 3 feature race wins; Antonio Fuoco took 2 race wins, Jake Dennis and Nyck de Vries also took 2 podiums each on the top step. Jake Hughes took 2 sprint race wins; he won in Hockenheim and Yas Marina. Jack Aitken, Matthew Parry, and Ralph Boschung each took 1 race win during the season.

2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship

The 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship is the first season of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, a motor racing championship run in support of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship. The championship is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and is open to teams and drivers competing in cars complying with Formula 2 regulations.2017 was the final season that the Dallara GP2/11 chassis package—which débuted in the 2011 GP2 Series—was used in competition. It was also the final season that the Mecachrome 4.0 litre V8 normally-aspirated engine package that débuted in the 2005 GP2 Series was used, as a brand new chassis and engine package was introduced for the 2018 season.The season was dominated by Charles Leclerc, who secured the drivers' championship with three races to go. Second place went to Artem Markelov with Oliver Rowland finishing third. The teams' championship was decided in the final race, with Russian Time winning by fifteen points over Prema Racing and DAMS in third, a further eleven points behind.

Champion Charles Leclerc took 7 wins, while runner-up Artem Markelov took 5 victories, Oliver Rowland took 2 wins, Luca Ghiotto, who finished fourth in the championship, took 1 win, Nobuharu Matsushita took 2 victories, Norman Nato, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Fuoco, Nyck de Vries and Sérgio Sette Câmara each took one race win.

2019 Austrian Grand Prix

The 2019 Austrian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 myWorld Großer Preis von Österreich 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 30 June 2019 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The race was contested over seventy-one laps and was the ninth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race marked the 33rd running of the Austrian Grand Prix and the 32nd time it has been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the series’ inception in 1950. The victory of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Racing RB15 was the first win for a Honda-powered F1 car since Jenson Button in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix and also becoming the first non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2019.

2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 28 April 2019 at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. The race was the fourth round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship, marked the third time that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix had been run as a round, and the fourth time that the Baku circuit has been part of the Formula One World Championship (the 2016 race was run as the European Grand Prix).

2019 Bahrain Grand Prix

The 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 31 March 2019 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The race is the second round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the fifteenth time that the Bahrain Grand Prix was run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

2019 Canadian Grand Prix

The 2019 Canadian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix du Canada 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 9 June 2019 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was the seventh round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the fifty-sixth running of the Canadian Grand Prix, the fiftieth time the event had been included as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950, and the fortieth time that a World Championship was held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton after a controversial penalty was given to race leader Sebastian Vettel.

2019 Formula One World Championship

The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars which marks the 70th running of the Formula One World Championship. It is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Starting in March and ending in December, the championship is being contested over twenty-one Grands Prix. Drivers are competing for the title of World Drivers' Champion, and teams for the World Constructors' Champion. The 2019 championship saw the running of the 1000th World Championship race, which was held in China.Lewis Hamilton is the defending World Drivers' Champion, after winning his fifth championship title in the previous season, and Mercedes are the defending World Constructors' Champions, after winning their fifth consecutive championship in 2018.

2019 French Grand Prix

The 2019 French Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019) was a Formula One motor race on 23 June 2019 at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. The race will be the eighth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 87th running of the French Grand Prix, and the 59th time the event had been included as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.The race was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

2019 Spanish Grand Prix

The 2019 Spanish Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio de España 2019) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 12 May 2019 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain. The race was the fifth round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the forty-ninth running of the Spanish Grand Prix as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the twenty-ninth time that a World Championship round has been held at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

Alexander Albon

Alexander Albon (born 23 March 1996 in London, England) is a Thai-British racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Albon started his career by racing karts at a very young age due to encouragement from his father, Nigel Albon. He enjoyed success in karting between 2006 and 2010 including titles at the 2006 Super 1 Honda National Championship (Cadet Class), 2009 Super 1 Honda National Championship (KF3 Class) and the 2010 European Championship (KF3 Class).

After becoming part of the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 he was promoted to open-wheel cars in the form of a seat with EPIC Racing during the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2012 season, finishing 38th out of 49 in his debut year. He stayed in Formula Renault 2.0 for two more seasons having secured a seat with KTR, finishing 16th in 2013 and 3rd in 2014. In 2015 Albon switched to European Formula 3, finishing 7th overall. A year later, ART signed Albon to race alongside Charles Leclerc in the GP3 Series, finishing second in the drivers championship only to his teammate. Albon was given a seat once again by ART in 2017 to race in the FIA Formula 2 Championship where he finished his maiden year in 10th position.

Camille Charles Leclerc, Chevalier de Fresne

Camille Charles Leclerc, Chevalier de Fresne was Governor General of Mauritius and Puducherry in the French Colonial Empire.

Charles Leclerc (disambiguation)

Charles Leclerc (born 1997), is a Monegasque racing driver.

Charles Leclerc may also refer to:

Charles-Antoine Leclerc de La Bruère (1716–1754), French historian and diplomat

Charles Leclerc de Landremont (1739–1818) French general

Charles Leclerc (general) (1772–1802), French general

Charles Leclerc (general)

Charles Victoire Emmanuel Leclerc (17 March 1772 – 2 November 1802) was a French Army general who served under Napoleon Bonaparte during the French Revolution. He was husband to Pauline Bonaparte, sister to Napoleon. In 1801, he was sent to Saint-Domingue (Haiti), where an expeditionary force under his command captured and deported the Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, as part of an unsuccessful attempt to reassert imperial control over the Saint-Domingue government. Leclerc died of yellow fever during the failed expedition.

Ferrari Driver Academy

Ferrari Driver Academy is an initiative from Formula One team Scuderia Ferrari to promote young talent inside its own organisation, with several drivers being selected and funded by the team, being under long-term contracts.

Ferrari SF90

The Ferrari SF90 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Scuderia Ferrari to compete during the 2019 Formula One World Championship. The car is currently driven by Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. The car made its competitive debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

Leclerc

Leclerc may refer to:

E.Leclerc, a French hypermarket chain

Leclerc (surname), a French surname

Charles Leclerc (general) (1772–1802), French general and brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte

Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902–1947), a French general

Charles Leclerc (racing driver) (born 1997), Monégasque Formula One driver

Leclerc tank, a main battle tank built by Nexter of France, named in honour of General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque

Sauber C37

The Sauber C37 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Sauber to compete during the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Marcus Ericsson and reigning Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc, who replaced Pascal Wehrlein. The C37 made its competitive début at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix and uses a 2018-specification Ferrari engine.

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