Charles Leclerc

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Charles Leclerc
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Leclerc in 2019
Born (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 22)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Monaco.svg Monégasque
2019 team Ferrari
2020 team Ferrari [1]
Car number16
Entries42 (42 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 2
Podiums10
Career points303
Pole positions 7
Fastest laps 4
First entry 2018 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2019 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 2019 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2019 position4th (264 pts)

Charles Leclerc (French pronunciation:  [ʃaʁl ləklɛʁ] ; born 16 October 1997) is a Monégasque racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Ferrari. Leclerc won the GP3 Series championship in 2016 and the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017. [2] [3]

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Leclerc made his Formula One debut in 2018 for Sauber, a team affiliated with Ferrari, for which he was part of Ferrari Driver Academy. With Sauber having finished last the year before, Leclerc led the charge to improve the finishing position in the constructors' championship to eighth, being the higher ranked of the two Sauber drivers. [4] Leclerc agreed on a contract with Ferrari for the 2019 season where he is driving alongside Sebastian Vettel. Leclerc became the second-youngest driver to qualify on pole position in Formula One during his first Ferrari season in Bahrain. The 2019 season also saw Leclerc take his first career win in Belgium, followed by winning his first Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver the week after. He won the Pole Trophy in the 2019 F1 season becoming the youngest driver ever to win it and the first non-Mercedes driver to win it.

Early career

2005–2013: Karting

Leclerc began his karting career in 2005, winning the French PACA Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2008. [5] In 2009 he became French Cadet champion before moving up to the KF3 class in 2010, where he won the Junior Monaco Kart Cup. [6] He continued in the KF3 class for 2011, winning the CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup, the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy and the ERDF Junior Kart Masters. [7] During the year, Leclerc also became a member of Nicolas Todt's All Road Management company. [8]

Leclerc graduated to the KF2 category in 2012 with the factory-backed ART Grand Prix team, winning the WSK Euro Series title, [9] as well as finishing runner-up in the CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship and the CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Championship. [10] In his final year of karting in 2013, Leclerc won the South Garda Winter Cup and claimed sixth position in the CIK-FIA European KZ Championship and finished second in the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship, behind current Red Bull Formula One driver Max Verstappen. [11]

2014–2016: Formula Renault, Formula Three and GP3

In 2014 following a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, Charles lost his lifelong friend and godfather Jules Bianchi. In 2014, Leclerc graduated to single-seaters, racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship for British team Fortec Motorsports. [12] During the season, he took seven podium positions, including a double victory at Monza, [13] to finish runner-up in the championship behind Koiranen GP's Nyck de Vries. [14] Leclerc also won the Junior Championship title at the final race of the season in Jerez, finishing ahead of Russian teenager Matevos Isaakyan. [15]

Leclerc also took part in a partial Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season with Fortec as a guest driver. In the six races he contested he finished on the podium three times, taking a second place at the Nürburgring followed by a pair of second-place finishes at the Hungaroring. [16]

Leclerc graduated to Formula Three in 2015, racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing. [17] At the opening round of the season in Silverstone, Leclerc inherited pole position for the second and third races of the weekend after original pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist was excluded for a technical infringement. [18] He went on to take his first race victory in the third race of the weekend, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and Jake Dennis. [19] He took his second victory at the following round in Hockenheim, winning the third race as well as taking two additional podiums and three rookie victories over the course of the event. [20] Leclerc scored his third win in the first race at Spa-Francorchamps which saw him take the lead in the championship. However, Leclerc finished fourth in the standings, mostly due to damage sustained to his car's chassis following a collision with Lance Stroll at Zandvoort.

In November 2015, Leclerc finished second at the Macau Grand Prix.

In December 2015, Leclerc partook in post-season testing with ART Grand Prix and Arden International. In February 2016, de Vries confirmed that Leclerc would race in the 2016 season. [21] ART signed Leclerc the following week. With the team, he claimed three victories and took the title in Abu Dhabi, despite crashing out in the feature race.

2017: FIA Formula 2 Championship

Leclerc leading the Jerez feature race, on his way to winning the Formula 2 championship Charles Leclerc Jerez 2017.jpg
Leclerc leading the Jerez feature race, on his way to winning the Formula 2 championship

The week following his victory in the GP3 title race, Charles Leclerc was confirmed to be graduating to the Formula 2 series for the 2017 season with Prema Racing, alongside fellow GP3 racer and Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco. [22]

He made his debut at Bahrain, where he took pole position for the feature race, but only finished third. [23] In the sprint race, his Prema team chose to take a mid-race pit stop, which is very uncommon in the shorter sprint races. He pushed harder on his medium Pirelli tyres, creating a nine-second lead before pitting. This would drop him down to 14th place, but Leclerc overtook 13 cars and took victory by overtaking Luca Ghiotto on the final lap. [24] After taking pole position for the second time in a row, he then fought off Ghiotto to win again in the Catalunya feature race, despite a radio issue. [25] [26]

Leclerc did not score any points at his home round at Monaco. He was on pole, but retired from the lead of the race with a suspension problem. The retirement also meant he would start the sprint race from the back of the grid, and in this race he collided with Norman Nato whilst trying to make his way up the grid, which ultimately resulted in both drivers retiring from the race. He retained the championship lead despite the bad weekend, which he described as 'hugely disappointing'. [27] [28] [29]

Leclerc took a fourth consecutive pole at a race Azerbaijan, which he dedicated to his late father, Herve. [30] He converted this into another win, although the race was red flagged five laps before the scheduled end. [31] In the sprint race, he started from eighth, and dropped to tenth early on, but fought back to sixth. The retirement of the race leader, his title rival Oliver Rowland, and De Vries, who was also ahead of Leclerc, meant Leclerc improved to fourth. He then passed Nicholas Latifi and Jordan King, and began to close on the new leader, Nato. He passed Nato, but had been given a 10-second penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags, and therefore finished second. [32]

In Austria he took his fifth pole position, and then won the feature race from pole despite coming under pressure from teammate Fuoco, and towards the end, the DAMS of Latifi. [33] [34] He would retire from the sprint race after colliding with Fuoco and spinning out. [35] By taking pole for the sixth time for the next race, at Silverstone, he matched the record for most pole positions in a row, which was set by Stoffel Vandoorne in 2014 and 2015, when the series were called GP2 Series. He won the feature race, even after his car set alight during the race, and even after one of his wing mirrors detached in the closing stages. [36]

He would not start from pole in Hungary, despite taking his seventh successive pole position, as he was disqualified for a technical infringement. Despite starting from the back, he was in 12th position by turn 1. Using an alternative tyre strategy that saw him start on the medium tyres, Leclerc was stuck behind Alexander Albon, who was on the same strategy, although he eventually got past and would finish fourth. He would also finish fourth in the sprint race the next day, giving him a 50-point championship lead over Rowland. [37] [38] [39]

For the Belgian rounds, Leclerc again took pole and won the race by a convincing margin of over 20 seconds, however his win was disqualified as one of his skidblocks was excessively worn. Having to start in 19th place, Leclerc managed to go back up to 5th place and finish 3.8 seconds behind the race winner, Sérgio Sette Câmara.

Leclerc at the 2017 Formula 2 race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy F2-Race1noshiyaruru1 (36974715682).jpg
Leclerc at the 2017 Formula 2 race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy

For the Italian feature race, Leclerc was battling for the lead; on the final lap, however, he was involved in an accident with De Vries. After starting towards the back of the grid for the second consecutive sprint race, Leclerc managed to fight his way back to 9th position, albeit out of the points.

With a 57-point margin over Rowland heading into the penultimate rounds at Jerez, Leclerc gained his 8th pole position of the season, with both of his timed laps being good enough for pole position. In the feature race, Leclerc dominated most of the early stint on soft tyres and was able to overtake most of the runners on the alternate strategy. With 7 laps to go however, Nobuharu Matsushita collided with Santino Ferrucci, which brought out the safety car. At the point that the race resumed, Leclerc was misinformed over team radio that it was the "last lap" even though there were four laps to go, [40] so after pushing hard to build a gap Leclerc's tyres were "overheated badly" [40] with several laps still to run, yet despite his tyres being "completely gone" by the end Leclerc managed to hold off a charging Rowland by 0.23 seconds, [41] and claim the FIA Formula 2 championship in his rookie season in the main F1 feeder series.

In claiming the championship, Leclerc became the youngest ever champion of the main support series for Formula 1 at 19 years 356 days old, and the first driver since Nico Hülkenberg in 2009 to win the championship in their rookie season (a feat which only Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have previously accomplished) and is the only driver to claim a championship with the Dallara GP2/11 chassis in their rookie season.

For the sprint race, Leclerc started in 8th place, however due to his car's aggressive setup, he and his teammate, Antonio Fuoco, had to pit in the sprint race. Due to the aggressive pace of Leclerc however, he rose up through the field, yet because of the excessive wear on his tyres, he conceded 3 positions on the final lap and finished in 7th position.

For the final rounds at Abu Dhabi, Leclerc qualified in 6th place for the Feature race, his lowest starting position all season barring penalties. Despite this however, he managed to finish the highest of the alternate strategy runners in Abu Dhabi (Soft then Super Soft) in 4th place (he had made it up till 3rd until the final corner of the final lap where he was pipped by Antonio Fuoco). This position however was subsequently changed to second after the race winner, Oliver Rowland, and Fuoco were disqualified for excessive floor wear and under-inflated front tyres respectively.

For Leclerc's final race, he started in 7th position. He was initially able to make up 2 places but was running slower than the race leaders Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi. As the race progressed however, Leclerc started gaining time compared to his rivals and managed to take Latifi with a few laps to go. For the final three laps, DRS was disabled and yellow flags in the final sector meant that Leclerc was stuck behind Albon, however on the final lap, both drivers tangled, triggered by Leclerc nudging Albon, and both had a drag race which they constantly were pushing each other until Leclerc finally took the lead and won by 1.293 seconds, his final victory in his last ever F2 race.

Formula One career

Test driver

2016 season

Leclerc testing for Sauber at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix Charles Leclerc 2017 Malaysia FP1.jpg
Leclerc testing for Sauber at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

In March 2016, it was announced that Leclerc would be one of two drivers to join the Ferrari Driver Academy and would act as development driver for Haas F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari. [42] As part of his role as development driver, Leclerc participated in the first practice session of the 2016 British Grand Prix driving for Haas. It was believed that if Leclerc won the GP3 Series championship, he would follow Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas direct from GP3 into F1 with Haas. [43] However this was debunked by Haas team principal Guenther Steiner who said that Leclerc would progress to the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship. [44]

2017 season

He took part in the mid-season Hungaroring test following the Hungarian Grand Prix, driving the Ferrari SF70H. He was fastest on the first day of the test, running 98 laps in the process, but did not take part in the second day's test. [45]

Sauber (2018)

2018 season

Leclerc racing for Sauber at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix 2018 Chinese Grand Prix FP3 Charles Leclerc (39897914770) (cropped).jpg
Leclerc racing for Sauber at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix

In December 2017, it was announced that Leclerc would make his racing debut in Formula One, signing with the newly rebranded Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as regular driver for 2018, [46] thus marking the first appearance of a Monégasque Formula One driver since Olivier Beretta in 1994. [N 1] At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a sixth-place finish saw him become only the second Monégasque to score points in Formula One, after Louis Chiron finished on the podium at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix.

Leclerc ultimately almost entirely outqualified his team-mate Marcus Ericsson and ended up among the top 10 qualifiers on several occasions, participating in the Q3 session in qualifying. He also finished in the points on several occasions, including multiple 7th-place finishes during the second half of the season, finishing 13th in the championship in his sole season for the team prior to his Ferrari move.

Ferrari (2019)

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Leclerc at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

On 11 September 2018, Scuderia Ferrari announced the hiring of Leclerc for the 2019 season, replacing Kimi Räikkönen, who moved to Sauber Alfa Romeo. [48] [49] While initially only announced for 2019, a few days later, then-Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene indicated that Leclerc's contract was going to be four seasons long, running "at least until 2022". [50] Leclerc made his first test day as an official Ferrari race driver on 28 November 2018 in Abu Dhabi. [51]

In his first Grand Prix driving for Ferrari, he started and finished in fifth position at the Australian Grand Prix. In his second qualifying for Ferrari, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he qualified on pole position for the first time in his F1 career, having the fastest times in 2 of the 3 practice sessions and in all of the qualifying sessions in the race, setting a new track record, and becoming the youngest driver to score a pole position for Ferrari. [52] Leclerc led for the majority of the race, but lost the lead and was overtaken by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas due to his engine dropping a cylinder with a failed fuel injector. He finished 3rd after the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg both retired on Lap 54 of the race, which caused the deployment of the safety car and prevented Verstappen from overtaking Leclerc, leading to the first podium of his F1 career. [53]

In China, Leclerc qualified 4th behind Vettel. After overtaking his teammate during the start, he was asked to yield and let Vettel pass. He eventually finished the Chinese Grand Prix in 5th. [54] In Azerbaijan, he was the favourite for pole position until a crash in the second qualifying session ended his contention. He started 8th after penalties for the two Alfa Romeos and finished the race 5th with an extra point for the fastest lap of the race. [55] At the following race in Monaco, he qualified 16th, as part of Ferrari's erroneous strategy that kept him in the garage to save tyres, underestimating track evolution at the end of the qualifying session. He was however promoted to 15th following Antonio Giovinazzi's grid penalty. He overtook Lando Norris and Romain Grosjean but suffered a puncture after a failed attempt to pass the Renault of Nico Hülkenberg. He also suffered severe floor damage to his car, leading to his second retirement at his home race. Leclerc qualified 3rd in Canada, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault and behind Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. He would finish in the same position, his second podium finish of the season and of his career, behind the controversial 1-2 finish of Hamilton and teammate Sebastian Vettel. He would finish third again in France, having caught up to second-placed Bottas in the closing laps. At the Austrian Grand Prix, he qualified on pole position, the second pole of his Formula 1 career. He subsequently finished second after colliding with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, having led for the major part of the race. [56] The incident was investigated by the stewards after the race, who called it 'a racing incident' and decided against taking action as neither of them was, wholly or predominantly, to blame for the incident. [57]

In the British Grand Prix, he qualified P3 ahead of Max Verstappen. [58] He eventually finished the race P3 and was also voted 'Driver of the day' for defending his position against numerous attacks by Verstappen during the early stages of the race. [59] This was his fourth consecutive podium finish of the season. [60] In the German Grand Prix, he qualified P10, despite having finished in the top two in all the three Free Practice (FP) sessions, after an issue with the fuel system prevented him from setting a lap time in the final qualifying session (Q3). [61] In what turned out to be a sensational rain-hit race, he started brilliantly, gradually making his way to P4 during the early part of the race. A questionable tactic by his team's strategists, of installing soft tyres even though the track was still wet, culminated in him losing control and crashing into the barriers on lap 29, leading to his second DNF of the season. [62]

In Hungary he suffered a rear-end crash in qualifying but ended up still being able to finish the session, ultimately ending the race in fourth.

The next race, the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, saw Leclerc take his third pole of the season, alongside teammate Sebastian Vettel in second – the second Ferrari front row lockout of the season after Bahrain. During the race, Leclerc fended off the charging Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton to record his maiden Grand Prix win with Ferrari in his first season with the team, making him the youngest ever Ferrari race winner. After the race had finished, he dedicated his maiden victory to his former competitor Anthoine Hubert, who died the day prior, in a mid race accident on the same circuit, driving in F2. At the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, Leclerc won the race from pole position after defending his position from the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and later Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas. He scored another pole, the 3rd in a row, at Singapore ahead of Hamilton and teammate Vettel. Initially leading the race, he managed to finish P2, after a surprise undercut from Vettel. In Russia, Leclerc was in the top 2 in all of the practice sessions having been fastest in the first and the last practice sessions. He took his 4th consecutive pole position in qualifying and his 6th of the season, the most on the grid this season and was 4 tenths faster than Lewis Hamilton who was second and Leclerc's teammate Sebastian Vettel in third. He would ultimately go on to finish third in the race, his fourth consecutive podium and ninth of the season, after a mid-race virtual safety car period benefited the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Bottas. [63] At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Leclerc finished third behind Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. However, Ferrari were fined €50,000 after the FIA found that they were in breach of regulations, after the team declared a fuel measurement to the FIA that did not match their readings. [64]

Racing record

Career summary

SeasonSeriesTeamRacesWinsPolesFLapsPodiumsPointsPosition
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Fortec Motorsports 1421071992nd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 600030NC†
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Van Amersfoort Racing 3343513363.54th
Macau Grand Prix 10001N/A2nd
2016 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver
Haas F1 Team
GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 1834482021st
2017 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Test driver
Sauber F1 Team
FIA Formula 2 Championship Prema Racing 22784102821st
2018 Formula One Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team 2100003913th
2019 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari 21274102644th

As Leclerc was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantEngine123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233DCPoints
2015 Van Amersfoort Racing Volkswagen SIL
1

12
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

1
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

1
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

2
PAU
3

3
MNZ
1

5
MNZ
2

Ret
MNZ
3

3
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

6
SPA
3

2
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

3
NOR
3

4
ZAN
1

5
ZAN
2

Ret
ZAN
3

10
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

4
RBR
3

6
ALG
1

6
ALG
2

7
ALG
3

7
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

5
NÜR
3

5
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

10
HOC
3

21
4th363.5

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant123456789101112131415161718PosPoints
2016 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

9
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

3
HOC
FEA

5
HOC
SPR

3
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

4
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SEP
FEA

3
SEP
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

9
1st202

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant12345678910111213141516171819202122PosPoints
2017 Prema Racing BHR
FEA

3
BHR
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

4
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

18†
BAK
FEA

1
BAK
SPR

2
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

DSQ
SPA
SPR

5
MNZ
FEA

17
MNZ
SPR

9
JER
FEA

1
JER
SPR

7
YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR

1
1st282

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789101112131415161718192021WDC Points
2016 Haas F1 Team Haas VF-16 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR
TD
HUN
TD
GER
TD
BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA
TD
ABU
2017 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS CHN BHR RUS ESP MON CAN AZE AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN MAL
TD
JPN USA
TD
MEX
TD
BRA
TD
ABU
2018 Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO 1.6 V6 t AUS
13
BHR
12
CHN
19
AZE
6
ESP
10
MON
18
CAN
10
FRA
10
AUT
9
GBR
Ret
GER
15
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
11
SIN
9
RUS
7
JPN
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
7
BRA
7
ABU
7
13th39
2019 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF90 Ferrari 064 1.6 V6 t AUS
5
BHR
3
CHN
5
AZE
5
ESP
5
MON
Ret
CAN
3
FRA
3
AUT
2
GBR
3
GER
Ret
HUN
4
BEL
1
ITA
1
SIN
2
RUS
3
JPN
6
MEX
4
USA
4
BRA
18
ABU
3
4th264

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Personal life

During his childhood, the Monaco-born Leclerc was a friend of the late Jules Bianchi from nearby Nice, who won his first racing championship when Leclerc was 10 years old. Leclerc began karting at the track managed by Bianchi's father in Brignoles. Like Bianchi, Leclerc joined the ARM management company headed by Nicolas Todt. [65] In an interview in 2018, Leclerc revealed that Bianchi was also his godfather. [66]

Leclerc has an older brother, Lorenzo, and a younger brother, Arthur. His father, Hervé, also raced cars, driving in Formula 3 in the 1980s and 1990s, and was well respected in karting. He died after a long illness, aged 54, just four days before his son won the feature race at the 2017 Formula 2 Baku weekend. [67] [30]

He was in a relationship with Italian, Giada Gianni from January 2015 until September 2019. [68] Since then he has been dating Charlotte Siné, daughter of Emmanuel Siné who is director general of the Societé des bains de Mer. [69]

Besides his native French, Leclerc also speaks Italian and English. [70]

Notes

  1. Beretta is the last Monégasque to compete in the sport, however the Dutch driver Robert Doornbos raced with a Monégasque licence due to FIA regulations in 2005. [47]

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The 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place on 31 March 2019 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The race was the second round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the 15th time that the Bahrain Grand Prix had been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

2019 Spanish Grand Prix

The 2019 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place on 12 May 2019 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain. The race was the 5th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 49th running of the Spanish Grand Prix as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the 29th time that a World Championship round had been held at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

2019 Monaco Grand Prix

The 2019 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 26 May 2019 at the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit that runs through the Principality of Monaco. It was the 6th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship, the 77th time that the Monaco Grand Prix was held, and the 66th time it had been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.

2019 Canadian Grand Prix Formula 1 Grand Prix

The 2019 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 9 June 2019 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was the 7th round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 56th running of the Canadian Grand Prix, the 50th time the event had been included as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950, and the 40th time that a World Championship had been held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton after a controversial penalty was given to race leader Sebastian Vettel.

2019 French Grand Prix

The 2019 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race on 23 June 2019 at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. The race was the 8th round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 88th running of the French Grand Prix, and the 60th time the event had been included as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.

2019 Austrian Grand Prix

The 2019 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 June 2019 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The race was the 9th round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race marked the 33rd running of the Austrian Grand Prix and the 32nd time it had been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the series inception in 1950. The victory of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Racing RB15 was the first win for a Honda-powered F1 car since Jenson Button in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix and he also became the first non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2019.

2019 Belgian Grand Prix Formula 1 Grand Prix

The 2019 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that was held on 1 September 2019 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium. The race was the 13th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 75th running of the Belgian Grand Prix, the 52nd time as a round of the World Championship and the 62nd time the race had been held at Spa-Francorchamps.

2019 Russian Grand Prix Formula One motor race

The 2019 Russian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 September 2019 at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. The race was the 16th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 8th running of the Russian Grand Prix and the 6th time the race was held in Sochi.

2019 Japanese Grand Prix

The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One racing event held on 13 October 2019 at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka in the Mie Prefecture, Japan. The race was the 17th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 45th running of the Japanese Grand Prix. The 2019 event was the 35th time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the 31st time that it had been held at Suzuka.

2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 1 December 2019 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The race was the final round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the eleventh running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the eleventh time that the race was run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950. This was the first Formula One race to be run in December since the 1963 South African Grand Prix.

Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ Formula 1 Race car

The Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ is a Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car designed and developed under the direction of Aldo Costa, James Allison, Mike Elliott and Geoff Willis to compete during the 2019 Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas, both of whom remained with the team for a seventh and a third season, respectively.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Antonio Fuoco
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Junior Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Matevos Isaakyan
Preceded by
Esteban Ocon
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Rookie Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Joel Eriksson
Preceded by
Esteban Ocon
GP3 Series
Champion

2016
Succeeded by
George Russell
Preceded by
Pierre Gasly
(GP2 Series)
FIA Formula 2 Championship
Champion

2017
Succeeded by
George Russell
Awards
Preceded by
Kevin Hansen
FIA Rookie of the Year
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Pascal Wehrlein
Autosport Awards
Rookie of the Year

2017–2018
Succeeded by
Alexander Albon