Charles Leclerc has reportedly committed his future to Ferrari until at least the end of the 2026 season with an option for it to be further extended to 2029.
The subject of Leclerc’s future has been a much-talked-about one with many wondering whether the 25-year-old may opt to move away from his beloved Ferrari in order to boost his chances of winning a world title.
But listening to Leclerc, it is clear his dream is to win the Championship in the Ferrari red and a report has suggested he has committed his future to doing just that.
Charles Leclerc signs ‘185 million euro’ deal until 2029
French publication Sportune has claimed that Leclerc has agreed a two-year extension to his existing deal although it is worth noting that the same outlet reported details of Lewis Hamilton’s contract earlier this year – only for that to be rubbished by Mercedes.
If Sportune are correct, Leclerc has signed a deal that takes him to the end of the first season under the new power unit regulations but also has the option of extending by a further three years until 2029.
The new deal would continue Leclerc’s status as one the best paid drivers on the grid with reports that the total contract is worth over 185 million euros (£160 million) and compensation that could reach 50 million euros (£43 million) in the final year.
The length of the deal would also be the longest on the grid with Max Verstappen’s contract with Red Bull until the end of 2028 being the current benchmark.
Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur reportedly met the agents of both drivers at the end of June with negotiations happening a lot quicker with Leclerc than Carlos Sainz.
Leclerc held talks with Mercedes, Aston Martin, Alpine and Red Bull
Another revelation claimed by Sportune is that Leclerc’s manager Nicolas Todt (son of ex-Ferrari and FIA boss Jean Todt) has been speaking with plenty of other teams within the paddock.
Leclerc’s entourage reportedly met with Mercedes, Aston Martin, Alpine and even Red Bull with the German manufacturer being the most realistic destination should Leclerc opt for a move.