- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
In the 19th century Charles Leclerc was a brilliant general in the French army under his country’s leader (and his brotherin-law) Napoleon Bonaparte. In 2019 his namesake, from Monaco, is writing some history of his own.
At 21 years and 166 days, Leclerc is Ferrari’s youngest driver since Ricardo Rodríguez made his debut with the team nearly 60 years ago. This is happening for good reasons; behind Leclerc’s boyish smile hides a towering talent paired with ruthless ambition.
After an impeccable early career, Leclerc developed at such a rate in his debut Formula 1® season with Sauber last year that he was challenging for seventh place, behind F1®’s ‘big three’ teams by mid-year. It was obvious that he was ready for Ferrari and the team made the call.
His mission now will be to learn as quickly as he can and then challenge and push Vettel – or leave him behind. Former champion Kimi Räikkönen could not do that, can Leclerc?