Ferrari announced today that Charles Leclerc has signed on to extend his contract with the team for “several more seasons”.
Before the extension was signed, both of Ferrari’s current drivers – Leclerc and Carlos Sainz – were only contracted up to the end of the upcoming 2024 season, but now the Italian team will have continuity into 2025 with at least one of their driver pairing.
Leclerc became a driver for Scuderia Ferrari in 2019 but has been part of the team for longer having signed to the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2016.
“Charles’ bond to the Scuderia goes beyond that of just a driver and a team,” said Team Principal, Fred Vasseur, “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.
“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.”
Leclerc called Ferrari his “second family” and believes “the best is yet to come” from their partnership.
“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.”