Ferrari confirms Charles Leclerc for 2019 F1 season
Charles Leclerc has been prometed as Ferrari new driver. Formula 1 team confirmed him as Kimi Raikkonen’s 2019 replacement.
Charles Leclerc will replace Kimi Raikkonen and now it’s finally sealed.
Leclerc is a Ferrari Driver Academy graduate and will become the first product of the programme to drive for the Italian team in F1.
He will also be the second-youngest driver in history to race for Ferrari, older only than Ricardo Rodriguez.
“Dreams do come true… I’ll be driving for Scuderia Ferrari for the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship,” said Leclerc on Twitter. “I will be eternally grateful to Scuderia Ferrari for the opportunity given.
The 20-year-old won back-to-back titles in GP3 and Formula 2 to earn his F1 graduation with Sauber this season.
Leclerc has scored a best result of sixth, in Azerbaijan, and bagged 13 points to lie 15th in the championship, outperforming his much more experienced teammate Marcus Ericsson. His results and a dip in form for Raikkonen convinced the late Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari’s former chairman to green-light Leclerc replacing the Finn next season.
When Marchionne passed away in July, it was hard to make any further decisions. But Ferrari’s new hierarchy decided to honour Marchionne’s original plan.
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