Ferrari have confirmed that Charles Leclerc has signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the team until 2024.
After working his way through the junior ranks as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, winning the GP3 and F2 titles back-to-back, Leclerc burst onto the F1 scene with Sauber in 2018.
That rookie year would do enough to convince Ferrari to promote him to a race seat alongisde Sebastian Vettel for 2019 where the Monegasque driver would claim more wins, poles and finish ahead of the four-time World Champion in the Drivers’ Championship.
Leclerc was originally contracted to the Scuderia until 2022, but the new deal now commits him until 2024.
2 Wins 🏆
4 Fastest laps 💨
7 Poles 🙌
10 Podiums 🍾
…and a contract extension to 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣4️⃣ ✍️
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) December 23, 2019
“I am very happy to be staying on with Ferrari,” said Leclerc. “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.”
Team principal Mattia Binotto, who admitted it has been hard managing the Leclerc/Vettel relationship in 2019, added: “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.”
Speculation will continue though as to who will partner Leclerc post-2020 with Vettel’s contract expiring and Hamilton heavily linked with his seat.