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Who is Charles Leclerc?
Charles Leclerc is a professional Monegasque racing driver who currently competes in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. Remarkably, Leclerc is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the reigning FIA Formula 2 Champion.
Besides, Charles is one of the most highly regarded young drivers of his generation. Previously, he raced for the Scuderia, Hass, and his current company Sauber.
Profile of Charles Leclerc
|Full Name||Charles Marc Hervé Perceval Leclerc|
|Popular As||Charles Leclerc|
|Birthdate||16th October 1997|
|Place of Birth||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Race / Ethnicity||French|
|Age||24 Years Old|
|Height||5’8” (179 cm)|
|Parents||Hervé Leclerc (Father) & Pascale Leclerc (Mother)|
|Siblings||Arthur Leclerc & Lorenzo Leclerc|
|Net Worth||$12 Million|
Early-life, Education & Family Background
Charles Leclerc was born 16th October 1997 in Monte Carlo, Monaco to parents Hervé Leclerc and Pascale Leclerc. Leclerc grew up in Monte Carlo, Monaco, as the second oldest of three brothers: Lorenzo, his older brother, and Arthur, his younger brother. Accordingly, Arthur Leclerc is a member of the Ferrari junior program and presently competes in the Formula Regional European Championship. Besides, Leclerc speaks Italian and English in addition to his native French.
During his childhood, he was affected significantly by his father, Herve, and former Formula One driver, Jules Bianchi. Sadly, both deceased in tragic circumstances. Meanwhile, his grandfather, Charles Manni, was the founder of Mecaplast (later Novares Group), which his uncle, Thierry Manni, now manages.
Moreover, Jules Bianchi, the late F1 racer who won his first championship when Charles was only ten years old, was reportedly a childhood acquaintance of his. Apparently, Charles e learned karting at Bianchi’s father’s track and later disclosed that Bianchi was his godfather.
Charles Leclerc’s Karting Journey
Leclerc commenced karting when he was eight years old and won six junior category titles in five seasons in France and Monaco. After couple of years, in 2013, Leclerc’s final year in go-karts, he finished runner-up in the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship. During his karting career, the Monégasque racer had a famous acquaintance with the late Jules Bianchi.
Commencing Racing Cars
Eventually, in 2014, Leclerc made the transition to racing cars, competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and finishing the season as Junior Champion and runner-up overall. His efforts earned him a position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for 2015, where he finished fourth overall with three victories. Consequently, he was then promoted to the GP3 Series for 2016, where he won three races and won his first major championship in a racing car.
Afterwards, Charles joined fellow Ferrari Academy star Antonio Fuoco in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017, continuing his quick rise up the motorsport ladder. There, Leclerc dominated qualifying in the first half, winning five races before the summer break with a phenomenal performance. And, with two more victories, he finished the season as the series’ champion, placing him in pole position for a spot in Formula One.
Nonetheless, considering the death of his father Hervé, who had coached him through his career until his Formula 3 debut, Leclerc’s accomplishment in 2017 was all the more impressive.
Leclerc’s F1 Career
Charles Leclerc has made great strides in his three seasons in Formula One, having won the F2 championship in 2017. In 2018, the Monegasque began his Formula One career with Sauber, a Ferrari-affiliated team, before completing the dream switch to Ferrari the following year.
Regardless, his performance has been nothing short of spectacular since he joined Ferrari. Moreover, Leclerc’s move to Ferrari was finalized in 2019, and the Monegasque driver has not disappointed the Italian team by consistently delivering great results.
Ever since Charles Leclerc Ferrari move was confirmed in 2019, the Monegasque driver has not disappointed the Italian outfit as he has delivered impressive performances time and time again.
Further, Leclerc won seven pole positions and two races in the 2019 Formula One season, including a victory for Ferrari at their home event in Monza. As a result of his outstanding achievements, Leclerc finished fourth in the Driver’s Championship in 2019, his first year with the squad.
Honors & Achievements
Charles Leclerc demonstrated his skill and competence in the junior classes, winning the GP3 Series in 2016 and the Formula 2 Championships in 2017. Consequently, Sergio Marchionne personally recruited him.
In addition, the 24-year-old Formula One driver has two victories and 12 podium finishes to his credit. The Italian Grand Prix in 2019 and the Belgian Grand Prix in the same year are Charles’ two triumphs.
Similarly, he won the GP3 series championship in 2016 and the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017. And, in 2018, he made his Formula One debut with Sauber, a Ferrari-affiliated team and graduated from the Ferrari Driver Academy as one of the best drivers.
Likewise, Leclerc accepted a commitment with Ferrari for the 2019 season. Initially, it was announced that the deal would only last for 2019, but then-Team-Principal Maurizio Arrivabene later clarified that it would last at least four seasons, until 2022. At the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix, he became the second youngest driver to qualify on pole position in F1.
Philanthropy & Other Ventures
Charles Leclerc is associated with various philanthropic causes. Recently, he was appointed as the brand ambassador for the foundation led by Princess Charlene who is the wife of Prince Albert II and the princess of Monaco. The foundation’s purpose is to assist and encourage children in the development of sporting ideals. Reportedly, the princess was an athlete herself before marrying Prince Albert. Thus, she appointed Leclerc as ambassador after recognizing his abilities.
Also, Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel teamed together to play a football match for a cancer research organization in 2019. In addition, to aid in the fight against COVID-19, Leclerc partnered up with fellow Formula One drivers to host “Race For The World,” a charity F1 Esports tournament.
Meanwhile, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, Leclerc also served as a part-time delivery partner, collaborating with the Monaco Red Cross to transport food and supplies to the elderly in Monaco.
Apart from these, Charles also runs his own karting company, which he founded with the goal of assisting young people in their early years of hardship and promoting racing around the world.
Charles Leclerc’s Personal-life & Relationships
Upon terminating his prior relationship with Giada Gianni sometime in 2019, Charles Leclerc is alleged to be dating Charlotte Sine. Regardless, Sine is the daughter of Emmanuel Sine, the general manager of the Société des Bains de Mer. In fact, she is a model and Instagram influencer from Monaco. Meanwhile, The Société des Bains de Mer is the principality’s oldest entertainment company.
Rumors have it that Leclerc and Sine have known one other for great many years, and that the young model is a friend of Gianni’s who acquainted the two. Moreover, Sine is a French, English, and Italian speaker who was born on September 19, 1999. Meanwhile, Leclerc’s ex-girlfriend is said to be in a good relationship with him.
Reportedly, Charles also owns a Ferrari 599 and a Maserati GranTurismo, and his principal abode is in Monaco.
Social Media Handles of Charles Leclerc
Being part of the “new” generation of F1 drivers, Leclerc is quite active on social media and even has his own official website. Likewise, fans can connect with the Monegasque via his personal social media accounts. Additionally, Leclerc is particularly active on Twitch. He has 6.8 million followers on Instagram, 1.6 million Twitter followers and 981k Facebook followers.
Net Worth of Charles Leclerc
Leclerc’s finance is largely backed by Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver’s academy. As of 2022, Charles has a remarkable net worth of $12 million. Meanwhile, the majority of Charles Leclerc’s fortune stems from his astronomical $10 million per year Ferrari salary. Furthermore, the Monegasque was a junior sponsor of Richard Mille before landing significant endorsement deals with luxury companies like Giorgio Armani in 2020.