Charles Leclerc Receives 2019 F1 Car – SF90 From Ferrari

Published 04/09/2021, 7:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Charles Leclerc is being given the golden boy treatment at Ferrari. The Italian team has given its number 16 driver the S90, the same car in which he won the race at Monza and Spa back in 2019.

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In that season, Leclerc won two races, the Belgium Grand Prix, and the other one being the most notable win at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He finished fourth in the driver’s standings, while Hamilton won the title.

The Italian team scored 504 points that season which saw them finish second in the standings while their rivals from Brackley took home the championship.

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Now in 2021, the Monaco driver finished fifth in the opening race of the season in Bahrain. The next race is at Imola for the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s home race. Leclerc will aim to produce a good result there and make the Tifosi proud.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The Maranello-based outfit gives Charles Leclerc a gift

The 23-year-old took to Instagram to appreciate what the team had sent him.

After a disappointing 2020 season that saw the team finish 6th in the championship, Leclerc hopes the Scuderia goes back to the top. With a new teammate in Carlos Sainz, the Maranello-based outfit hopes to bounce back in 2021.

Ex F1 driver, Villeneuve thinks Sainz can create obstacles for Leclerc

In an interview with Corriere, Villeneuve said, “For Charles the real danger is Sainz. Because Carlos has never been in such an important team: he has built up over time, arrives with determination and experience, he is used to confronting fast teammates. He’s cold, he’s studying, he can be very annoying to Charles.”

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(Quotes have been translated via Google)

In his first race for the Italian team, Sainz finished in eighth place while Leclerc crossed the line in sixth place. The next round of the 2021 championship takes us to Imola for the Ferrari’s home Grand Prix.

Can Sainz & Leclerc take Ferrari back to the top and not get in each other’s ways, which might create problems for the team as they try to redeem themselves in 2021? We can only wait and find out.

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Do you think Carlos will be a threat to Charles as the season progresses? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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