• Saturday, Nov 27, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:37 am

Ferrari extend Leclerc's contract until 2024

  • Published at 09:46 pm December 23rd, 2019
Charles Leclerc

The decision ensures Charles Leclerc will be with Ferrari when the sport enters a new era in 2021, with Sebastian Vettel's future far from certain

Ferrari put their long-term faith in Charles Leclerc Monday by extending the 22-year-old's contract for five more years until the end of 2024.

The Monaco-born Formula One driver won two of the 21 grands prix in 2019, making him the Italian team's youngest winner, while his seven pole positions were more than anyone else managed.

He also ended the campaign fourth overall and above his 32-year-old team mate Sebastian Vettel, a four time world champion whose contract expires at the end of 2020, in the drivers' standing.

The decision ensures Leclerc will be with Ferrari when the sport enters a new era in 2021, with Vettel's future far from certain.

It also means the youngster could be an eventual team mate to six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, the subject of plenty of speculation about his plans after Mercedes.

The Briton's contract expires at the end of next year and Ferrari have confirmed meetings with chairman John Elkann.

Team principal Mattia Binotto indicated the decision to commit to Leclerc, who made his F1 debut with Sauber (now Alfa Romeo) in 2018 before replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Maranello, had been easy.

Ferrari finished runners-up to Mercedes this year, despite starting as favorite.

Leclerc's performance, with back-to-back wins in Belgium and Italy, provided optimism even if his speed also triggered incidents with Vettel, who started the year as Ferrari's main man but felt uncomfortable in the car and made plenty of mistakes.

The pair collided in Brazil, a low point for Ferrari.

Binotto said at the same lunch in Maranello that Leclerc had learnt a lot from Vettel.

Facebook 51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail