Leclerc robbed of €300k watch in ‘group photo’

Henry Valantine
Charles Leclerc speaks on the grid. Australia April 2022.

Charles Leclerc stands with his Ferrari engineers while on the grid. Melbourne April 2022.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc had his watch stolen from him when posing for a ‘group photo’ while out on Monday evening.

Motorsport.com Italy report that the Ferrari driver was out for the night in a town in Tuscany when a group of fans asked him to take a picture with them.

The World Championship leader duly obliged, but the Richard Mille RM67 ‘Leclerc’ timepiece was taken off his wrist by one of the members of the group and quickly left without being pulled up for the theft.

Richard Mille are a team sponsor of Ferrari, but their working relationship with Leclerc stretches further back into his junior career.

The watch is estimated to be worth €300,000 [£249,000], but it has reportedly been made available at over a million Euros when being sold at auctions.

The group element of the picture would suggest some kind of planning went into looking to steal the watch, and Leclerc had to report the theft to local police once he realised the timepiece had been taken from him.

An investigation is now underway into identifying those responsible, by looking into any relevant security camera footage in the local area.

 

This is unfortunately not the first incident of its kind for a Formula 1 driver in recent memory, however.

Lando Norris was mugged at Wembley last year after the final of Euro 2020 between England and Italy, with the McLaren driver also having his watch stolen at the time.

Norris said the incident left him understandably “shaken”, and he admitted to having struggles to sleep after being confronted outside the football stadium last July.

 

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