Scuderia Ferrari have rewarded Charles Leclerc for his strong debut season with the Prancing Horse by announcing on Monday that they have extended the Monegasque native’s contract until the end of the 2024 Formula One season.
Leclerc who joined the Italian team from Alfa Romeo Racing trading places with Kimi Raikkonen had a phenomenal season, not only did he finish ahead of Sebastien Vettel in the championship he scored two wins in the process taking back to back victories in Belgium and Italy.
Speaking about the news, Leclerc who will appear at next month’s Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC Arena said:
I am very happy to be staying on with Scuderia Ferrari. This past season, driving for the most illustrious team in Formula 1 has been a dream year for me.
I cannot wait to enjoy an even deeper relationship with the team after what has been an intense and exciting 2019. I’m keen to see what the future holds and I can’t wait to get going again next season.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto commented saying:
With each passing race this year, our wish to extend our contract with Charles became ever more self-evident and the decision means he will now be with us for the next five seasons. It demonstrates that Charles and the Scuderia have a firm future together.
Charles has been part of our family since 2016 and we are more than proud of the results we are achieving with our Academy. We are therefore very pleased to be able to announce that he will be with us for many years to come and I’m sure that together, we will write many new pages in the history of the Prancing Horse.”