Charles Leclerc has been given a new 5-year contract by Ferrari, which will see him earning significantly more. The Monegasque driver’s current contract was until 2022. With the new one, Ferrari are undoubtedly indicating who their lead man will be.
“I’m so grateful to be driving for such a team. I’ve learnt so much during this first year. It is a great starting point to build a strong relationship for the years ahead,” the driver said on Twitter.
Leclerc to earn €9 million
According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Leclerc’s salary will now be tripled and will reach around €9 million.
The 22-year-old had an impressive first season for the Italian team after replacing Kimi Raikkonen. He won back-to-back races in Belgium and Italy and scored seven pole positions, more than any other driver. Leclerc also scored more wins, poles, and points than his teammate Sebastian Vettel. In addition, in qualifying, he beat him 12-nine on their head-to-head and was 0.111 seconds quicker on average.
“With each passing race this year, our wish to extend our contract with Charles became ever more self-evident and the decision means he will now be with us for the next five seasons.”
“We are very pleased that he will be with us for many years to come and I’m sure that together we will write many new pages in the history of the Prancing Horse,” Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said.