Expect to see Charles Leclerc in Ferrari’s Formula 1 car for years to come. Scuderia Ferrari just announced that Leclerc inked an extension that will keep him with the organization “beyond the 2024 season”.
Leclerc finished the 2023 F1 campaign with six podiums and 206 points, enough for 5th place at the F1 Driver Standings. He had five poles but failed to get a single win.
“I’m very pleased to know that I will be wearing the Scuderia Ferrari race suit for several more seasons to come,” Leclerc said in a statement. “ … 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.”
Charles Leclerc made his debut in Formula 1 in 2018 with Alfa Romeo Sauber, finishing his debut season at No. 13. The following year, he joined Ferrari as a replacement for Kimi Räikkönen and made an immediate impact. Leclerc had two wins and seven poles in his first season with Ferrari, ending the campaign fourth on the standings.
Leclerc’s best season in F1 came in 2022. He won three races and had nine poles, picking up 308 points and finishing second to champion Max Verstappen.
After locking Leclerc, Ferrari is expected to turn their attention to the No. 2 driver spot. Leclerc’s current teammate, Carlos Sainz, has just one year on his contract, and it is unclear whether Ferrari plans to keep him beyond that.