Charles Leclerc is a Monégasque Formula 1 driver currently driving for the Scuderia Ferrari team. Leclerc won the GP3 championship in 2016 and the FIA F2 championship in 2017.
Leclerc made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2018 and his impressive rookie season helped him acquire the Ferrari drive for the 2019 season.
Early Racing Stages:
Charles began his career with karting like most F1 Drivers did. In 2005 he raced in the PACA Championship and won the 2005,2006 and 2008 seasons before being moving upto the KF3 Cup for the 2010 season where he raced till 2012. In 2013 he was moved into the KF2 Cup where he won Euro Series Title.
In 2013, he qualified into the KZ Cup ( highest kart racing league) and finished second in the overall standings behind Max Verstappen.
Charles then went on to racing in the Formula Renault Cup and raced for Fortec Motorsports where he finished second in the overall rankings and had 7 podium finishes that season. Leclerc also won the Junior Championship that season.
In 2015, Leclerc was taken into Formula 3 and was racing for the Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing. He had a successful season in F3 and had 4 podium finishes in that season.
ART Grand Prix then got Leclerc to race for their team in the 2016 Season where he took the
podium thrice during the GP3 Series season.
Prema Racing then got Leclerc as their second driver alongside Anthony Fuoco and had a victorious yet, nail biting and an adrenalin filled season where he won the drivers championship with 7 podium finishes to his name before being taken into Formula One by Sauber F1 Team.
Leclerc was taken into the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016 and would be their development driver for Scuderia Ferrari and Haas F1 Team. Charles was supposed to join Haas F1 at the end of the 2016 season but the plan was then revoked by the team principal Gunther Steiner. At the end of the 2017 Season, he was announced as a second driver for the newly rebranded Alfa Romeo-Sauber F1 Team which made him the first Monegasque driver to appear in Formula One after Olivier Beretta in 1994.