Ferrari's Charles Leclerc wins first ever F1 race
Ferrari's newest recruit in the F1 big leagues, Charles Leclerc has been chasing a win since he made the switch to the Italian team this year, replacing Kimi Raikkonen. And the 21-year-old has finally done it after just 13 races with the team.
He said in the post race interviews at the Belgian Grand Prix that with was a bitter sweet victory for him after losing his friend and F2 driver Anthoine Hubert over the course of the weekend.
“It’s a good day but on the other hand losing Anthoine brings me back to 2005, my first ever French championship. There was him, Esteban [Ocon], Pierre [Gasly] and myself. We were four kids that were dreaming of Formula One. We grew up in karting for many many years and to lose him yesterday was a big shock for me and obviously for everyone in motor sport it was a very sad day.”
"Losing Anthoine brings me back to 2005, my first ever French championship. There was him, Esteban, Pierre, myself.
We were 4 kids dreaming of Formula 1. We’ve grown up together in karting for many years. To lose him was a big shock"
- Charles Leclerc pic.twitter.com/FEga6Lu9IS— Formula 1 (@F1) September 2, 2019
A week-end I'll forever remember for 2 different reasons.
1st Formula 1 Win dedicated to you my friend @AnthoineH. #Foreverinourhearts pic.twitter.com/uM027VpTmv— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) September 1, 2019
The Monegasque driver bagged the first victory for Ferrari this season and dominated the entire race weekend from the practice sessions to grabing pole position during qualifying.