Leclerc extends Ferrari deal for ‘several more seasons’

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN - MARCH 20: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1st position, and Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 2nd position, with their trophies during the Bahrain GP at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday March 20, 2022 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Steven Tee / LAT Images)

Charles Leclerc has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain at Ferrari for “several years”. According to reports, it is believed to be an extension through the 2026 season.

It’s a logical move for both Leclerc and Ferrari as there are few places Charles might have gone and Ferrari are certainly banking on Leclerc’s talent to deliver wins should they get their car dialed in for 2024. Charles said:

“I’m very pleased to know that I will be wearing the Scuderia Ferrari race suit for several more seasons to come,” Leclerc said.

“To race for this team has been my dream since I was three years old: I used to watch the Monaco Grand Prix from the window of a friend’s apartment at Ste. Devote corner and I would always look out for the red cars.

“This team is my second family ever since I joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016 and we have achieved a lot together, fighting through thick and thin over the past five years.

“However, I believe the best is yet to come and I can’t wait for this season to start, to make further progress and be competitive at every race. My dream remains that of winning the World Championship with Ferrari and I’m sure that in the years ahead, we will enjoy great times together and make our fans happy.”

Team boss Fred Vassuer said:

“Charles’ bond to the Scuderia goes beyond that of just a driver and a team, as he has been part of the Ferrari family for eight years now, dating back to a time before he first sported the Prancing Horse emblem on his race suit,” said Vasseur.

“His values and those of our team are intertwined and so it was natural for us to be in agreement on extending our collaboration.

“We know him for his incessant desire to push himself to the limit and we appreciate his extraordinary abilities when it comes to fighting and overtaking in a race.

“We are determined to give Charles a winning car and I know that his determination and commitment are elements that can make the difference in helping us reach our goals.”

This leaves a question mark over teammate Carlos Sainz as he would like to get his future sorted as soon as possible too. Clearly Carlos is also looking for a long-term deal similar to Charles.

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