Charles Leclerc and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team have reached an agreement regarding the Monegasque’s contract extension, which will see him race in red beyond the 2024 season.
Leclerc’s relationship with the Scuderia began in 2016 when he joined the Ferrari Driver Academy, before becoming a full-time Ferrari driver in 2019. Since then, the furiously fast Monegasque won five races and amassed 23 pole positions, despite Ferrari’s own shortcomings in recent years.
After eight years with the Maranello based outfit, Leclerc is carrying on with the prancing horse in the hopes of finally winning that elusive Drivers World Championship with Ferrari.
“I’m very pleased to know that I will be wearing the Scuderia Ferrari race suit for several more seasons to come,” Leclerc commented on the contract announcement, sentimentally adding “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 Saint 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,” Leclerc confirmed.
The 2024 season will be Leclerc’s sixth as a Ferrari driver, wherein he will be joined in the team by Carlos Sainz, whose contract with Ferrari runs out at the end of the season.
Tifosi will be looking forward to a busy February for Ferrari, in which the Scuderia will unveil their 2024 challenger on Tuesday, February 13, ahead of pre-season testing in Sakhir between February 21 and 23. The first race of the highly anticipated upcoming campaign will see the F1 circus take on the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 2.