Charles Leclerc will drive for Ferrari next season replacing Kimi Raikkonen. He will team up with Sebastian Vettel. In his first tweet following the announcement, Leclerc pays tribute to Jules Bianchi who helped him develop as a young driver.
Before Bianchi's tragic accident, he was tipped to become the man to replace Raikkonen at Ferrari. According to past reports, Leclerc and Bianchi were friends through their childhood and developed each other driving.
Leclerc, the man from Monaco, also pays tribute to his manager and his father. He says he looks forward to competing what has a been an impressive season with Sauber.
Dreams do come true... I'll be driving for @scuderiaferrari for the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship. I will be eternally grateful to @scuderiaferrari for the opportunity given. To @nicolastodt for supporting me since 2011. To my family. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/O4GQVO570b— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) 11 september 2018
To a person that is not part of this world anymore but to whom I owe everything of what is happening to me, Papa. To Jules, thank you for all the things you learnt me, we will never forget you, and to all the persons that supported me and believed in me. 2/3— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) 11 september 2018
I will work harder than ever to not disappoint you. But first, there is a season to finish with an amazing team that gave me the opportunity to fight and show my potential. Let's go @SauberF1Team— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) 11 september 2018