Dream Ferrari F1 drive for young Leclerc

Sports | 12 Sep 2018

Young Monaco driver Charles Leclerc will replace Finnish veteran Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next season with the former Formula 1 world champion returning to Sauber.

The 20-year-old Leclerc, a Ferrari Driver Academy graduate, was last year's Formula 2 champion, and made his debut in F1 this season with the Sauber team.

Leclerc will drive alongside Sebastian Vettel, at Ferrari. "Dreams do come true," Leclerc posted on Twitter.

He has had a promising start to his rookie season, finishing sixth at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

He has been nurtured by the Scuderia Ferrari for several years and is managed by Nicolas Todt, son of former Ferrari team principal and current International Automobile president Jean Todt.

Raikkonen, 38, has started 287 Grands Prix, winning 20 since his debut in 2001 with Sauber.

He achieved his 100th podium finish by finishing second at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza this month after claiming his 18th pole in style with F1's all-time fastest lap.

Raikkonen left F1 two years after winning the world title with Ferrari and spent two years competing in the World Rally Championship, before returning to F1 with Lotus in 2012.

He moved back to Ferrari in 2014. Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene described him as a "team player".

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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