Monaco’s own Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc has jokingly announced that he is ready to represent the Principality, as news broke that the country is eligible to compete in the Eurovision song contest in 2024.

Better known for his on-track talent, Leclerc is no stranger to the world of music, having already released three piano tracks on Spotify to a considerably large number of monthly listeners. However, the Monegasque’s singing skills are yet to be properly put to the test.

Monaco has not competed in the Eurovision contest since 2006, and became ineligible to participate in 2021, but the country has regained its eligibility as a result of the launch of TV Monaco and its membership with the European Broadcasting Union.

Despite its small size, historically the Principality still packed a punch in the Eurovision contest, having first participated in 1959, and winning it outright in 1971 thanks to Séverine’s Un banc, un arbre, une rue. A return to the European stage is not off the cards, and while he may well have been joking, Leclerc would no doubt be a standout representative of the Principality, of which he is most certainly the golden boy.