Charles Leclerc started his F1 career in 2018 with Sauber and was part of the drivers’ academy of Ferrari, who didn’t take long in bringing him to the main Scuderia Ferrari F1 team as they signed him in 2019 to replace veteran Kimi Räikkönen.
Leclerc had an impressive first season with Sauber, but what was in store for 2019 with Ferrari was a surprise to the whole F1 circuit. During his first season at Ferrari, the Monaco-born driver recorded ten podium finishes, which included two wins in Belgium and Italy, four fastest laps, and most pole positions of any driver that season, with seven.
Post the 2019 season, however, Leclerc has not been able to maintain the form he showed. He has only managed three podium appearances and two pole positions in 2020 and 2021 combined, which is way below the potential his early performances promised.
Going into the 2022 season, Leclerc will be rejuvenated and look to add many more F1 wins to his CV, and with the help of Carlos Sainz, he will want to guide Ferrari back to the top of F1.
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Charles Leclerc’s Biography
Full name: Charles Marc Hervé Perceval Leclerc
Date of birth: 16 October 1997
Place of birth: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Current team: Scuderia Ferrari
Charles Leclerc’s Salary as driver: US$12m (according to Spotrac)
First F1 appearance: Australian Grand Prix in March 2018 with Sauber (teammate: Marcus Ericsson)
First F1 race win: Belgian Grand Prix in September 2019 with Ferrari
First F1 World Championship win: N/A
Charles Leclerc’s Sponsors
The legendary watchmaker tied up with Leclerc as early as his junior racing days, identifying and investing in an extremely talented driver. It has since also released a range of exclusive Charles Leclerc-themed watches.
Leclerc himself wears a customised version of his watch which weighs just 32 grams — the lightest automatic watch ever. Another interesting detail about his watch is that the colours red and white, colours of the flag of his home city Monaco, are also visible on the watch.
Leclerc has a bumper deal in place with iconic clothing brand Giorgio Armani, serving as its “Made to Measure” ambassador. He has shot a few advertisements and actively endorses the brand on his social media.
The “Made to Measure” range started in 2006 and is available in Giorgio Armani stores all over the world. Leclerc was the on front cover for the “Made to Measure” release during the spring-summer 2020 collection and still actively models for the brand.
Charles Leclerc’s Previous Sponsor
Leclerc featured in Sky Wifi advertisements in 2020 after he signed with Scuderia Ferrari.
Companies like VistaJet, Kaspersky, Mission Winnows and Shell leveraged their partnership with Ferrari till 2020 to feature Charles Leclerc as an ambassador for them after his stellar performances in the 2019 F1 season.