Leclerc is known as one of the great talents within Formula 1. The Monegasque became Formula 2 champion in 2017 for Prema Racing. Like many Formula 2 champions, he was given a chance in Formula 1. In his first season in 2018, he drove for Sauber. That year, the young Monegasque made an immediate impression, including a sixth-place finish in Baku. Within a year, he made the big move to Ferrari where he teamed up with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
From low point to high point
In his first season for Ferrari in 2019, he again stood out as being bursting with talent. The Monegasque beat Vettel, his experienced teammate and four-time world champion. That season also saw him take his first victory in Belgium. For the young driver, it was a sad weekend as his good friend Anthoine Hubert crashed in Formula 2 on the Saturday. A week later, the Ferrari driver with start number 16 took his second victory in Italy. Winning at Monza with Ferrari is the highlight of his career so far and he dedicated this win to the late Hubert.
A lesser Ferrari
In 2020, the Ferrari was not nearly as fast compared to previous years. Nevertheless, Leclerc still managed to get on the podium twice. Teammate Vettel finished no less than five places behind the Monegasque in the championship. Since 2021, Leclerc has been driving alongside Sainz. In that season, Leclerc managed to accumulate 159 points. It earned him seventh place in the final standings.
This season could have looked a lot brighter for Leclerc and Ferrari. Whereas in the first phase of the season it all looked so rosy for Leclerc, who looked like he could seriously compete for the title and become a rival to reigning world champion Max Verstappen. Yet, due to strategic lapses and the unreliability of the Ferrari powerplant, it was ultimately Verstappen who could crown himself the world champion in Japan.
The birthday boy Leclerc can naturally count on congratulations from his team and teammate on social media on this special day: