Ferrari Academy driver and current GP3 Series championship leader Charles Leclerc will get five Free Practice session outings at the wheel of one of the Haas F1 Team’s cars over the remainder of the 2016 Formula 1 season.
The Monaco-born driver will have his Formula 1 debut at the upcoming British Grand Prix, where he will take over the controls of Esteban Gutiérrez’s VF-16 during Friday’s opening practice session. He will have further FP1 outings at the Hungarian, German, Malaysian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed the long-time management services of Nicolas Todt and currently competes in the Todt-owned ART Grand Prix team’s GP3 Series line-up. He leads the Drivers’ Championship standings, claiming victory at the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix round in May.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get seat time in a Formula 1 car and I can’t thank Haas F1 Team and Esteban enough,” said Leclerc.
“I’m honoured by the faith Haas F1 Team and Ferrari have in me. This is an important step toward my ultimate goal of becoming a Formula 1 driver.”
“Charles Leclerc is highly regarded by Ferrari and his record speaks for itself,” added Haas F1 team principal Günter Steiner.
“We’re happy to provide this opportunity and help develop the next generation of Formula One drivers. Credit also goes to Esteban for sharing his race car and serving as a mentor to Charles.”
|WHO IS CHARLES LECLERC?|
|Full Name||Charles Leclerc|
|Born||16 October 1997, Monte Carlo (MCO)|
|2005-8||Karting, Three-time French PACA Championship winner|
|2009||Karting, French Cadet Karting Championship, 1st overall|
|2010||Karting, Junior Monaco Kart Cup, 1st overall|
|2011||Karting, CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup, 1st overall
Karting, CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, 1st overall
Karting, ERDF Junior Kart Masters, 1st overall
|2012||Karting, CIK-FIA Under 18 World Karting Championship, 2nd overall
Karting, CIK-FIA European KF2 Championship, 2nd overall
Karting, WSK KF2 Euro Series, 1st overall
|2013||Karting, CIK-FIA European KZ Championship, 6th overall
Karting, CIK-FIA World KZ Championship, 2nd overall
|2014||Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, Fortec Motorsports, 14 races, 2 wins, 7 podiums, 2nd overall|
|2015||FIA European F3 Championship, Van Amersfoort Racing, 33 races, 4 wins, 13 podiums, 4th overall
Macau Grand Prix, Van Amersfoort Racing, 2nd overall
|2016||Formula 1, Scuderia Ferrari and Haas F1 Teams, Development Driver
GP3 Series, ART Grand Prix, 2 races, 1 win, 1 fastest lap, 1st overall*
Image via GP3 Series Media