Arthur Leclerc claims Formula Regional Asia title

Date published: February 20 2022 - Jamie Woodhouse

Arthur Leclerc holds a champagne bottle following his F3 victory. France, June 2021.

Ferrari junior Arthur Leclerc has crowned himself 2022 Formula Regional Asia Champion by a comfortable margin.

Arthur is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and like his older brother Charles successfully accomplished, is looking to work his way up through the ranks into Formula 1 and hopefully secure a future drive with Ferrari.

Of course, there is a long road ahead for the 21-year-old before that, but he took an important step by winning the Formula Regional Asia title.

Leclerc mathematically secured the title with two races still to go, claiming pole for the opening race of the final round in Abu Dhabi, before taking the race one victory and the Championship in his Mumbai Falcons India Racing car.

Leclerc would follow that up with a P3 finish in the second of three races in that final round at Yas Marina Circuit.

Across the season, Leclerc claimed four race wins, as well as a further five podium finishes, taking the title by 60 points over runner-up Pepe Martí.

Leclerc was joined in the field by a host of other youngsters backed by Formula 1 teams, with Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar the next-best performer, claiming P3 in the final standings after two race wins and three additional podium finishes.

Leclerc will now turn his focus to the upcoming Formula 3 season, which he will contest with Prema for a second year, having claimed two wins with the team in 2021, his rookie F3 campaign.

In a recent interview for the Official Ferrari Magazine, Charles said that he prefers to let Arthur find his own path when it comes to racing.

“Arthur knows I’m there for any personal things he needs,” said Charles.

“But when it comes to racing, I prefer to let him find his own way and to make progress on his own, which I think is very important in this sport.”

 

A crucial season awaits too for Charles in Formula 1.

The Monegasque racer is hoping that Ferrari’s 2022 challenger, the F1-75, will be strong enough to fire him into contention for the Drivers’ Championship.