Charles Leclerc 2022: Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements
Charles Leclerc is what Ferrari calls the future. Signing a contract with the team till 2024, he has certainly turned heads at the Maranello-based outfit by showing them what he is capable of.
He made his debut in 2018 for the Alfa Romeo-Sauber team. Coming from Monaco, he is only the fourth driver from the principality to make the drive in Formula One and the first since?Olivier Beretta, who made his debut in 1994. He began to impress everyone right off the bat.
There were a lot of doubts regarding Ferrari's signing for 2019. Many people suspected that he isn't ready and his much-experienced teammate, Sebastian Vettel, will undermine him on a grand scale. However, he ended up coming out on top, claiming P4 in the Championship ahead of the German.
The very next season, despite Ferrari's struggles, Leclerc continued to carry the outfit on his shoulders all by himself. In the process, Leclerc also dominated against his championship-winning teammate for the second straight season, who later quit driving for Ferrari. The Monegasque, however, is facing a stern challenge from his new teammate, Carlos Sainz.
Leclerc also has one of the coolest helmets on the grid despite opting for minimal design, with the color white dominating most parts of it.
Charles Leclerc: Stats and On-track Achievements
Charles Leclerc showcased his class and strength from the junior classes itself, winning the 2016 GP3 Series and the 2017 Formula 2 Championships. He was personally picked up by Sergio Marchionne.
While in the 2018 season, his best finish was P6, his performance in the 2019 season was on another level. He took ?7 pole positions and 2 race wins, including the highly prestigious Italian Grand Prix at Monza, giving the Tifosi something to smile about. He was ready to challenge Sebastian Vettel from the very first day, very eager to dethrone his number 1 status. He did manage to do that, eventually. Leclerc also beat Vettel by an even bigger margin in 2020.
However, in 2021, the lead Ferrari driver had a shocking defeat to his new teammate, Sainz. After an intense battle, Sainz pipped Leclerc in the driver's standings after an astounding podium at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Over the course of 85 race starts, Leclerc has scored 4 wins, 16 podiums, and racked up 646 points. He finished fourth in the Drivers' Championship in 2019. Leclerc also finished in P8 in 2020, as opposed to his teammate's P13. And lately, in 2021, Leclerc almost out-scored his teammate but ended up losing the lead at the Abu Dhabi GP. As of the 2022 Imola GP, Leclerc is on course to clinch his first world championship title. But, with Max Verstappen desperately seeking a second title on the trot, the rivalry could well liven up in the coming weeks.
Best Moments of Charles Leclerc
One of the most hilarious moments of Leclerc's career is his team radio exchange following a shunt at Baku during qualifying in 2019. He yelled, "I am stupid." Since then, a lot of fans would often bring up this radio message every time the Monegasque puts his Ferrari into the wall.
There is also the Banana costume he showed up in during one of his live Twitch streams which subsequently garnered him an insane amount of popularity.
Charles Leclerc: Net Worth
As per Celebrity Net Worth, Charles has a Net Worth of $12 million. His performance in his debut season prompted Ferrari to sign him for a massive five-year extension that will see him at Maranello till the end of the 2024 season.
From $3.5 million in 2019, his salary shot up to a whopping $10 million per annum, in 2020. The rising trend followed into the 2021 season as well. Forbes reported Leclerc to obtain an on-track salary of $12 million from Ferrari in 2021 and possibly beyond as well.
Charles Leclerc : Endorsements
Leclerc is largely backed by Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver's Academy. Though he is still in the early stages of his career, his age will give him a chance to earn more sponsors and backers.
Leclerc was also sponsored by Richard Mille in his junior days. He is destined to attract the interest of a lot of sponsors who would be looking to take advantage of his long term Ferrari deal in order to establish their own name.
In May 2020, Charles Leclerc announced his partnership with the Italian luxury fashion brand Giorgio Armani. Leclerc is the brand ambassador for Armani and its Made to Measure Line. He also mostly prefers using Ray-Ban sunglasses amid the American-Italian company's partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.
To buy Leclerc merch online, here's the official site owned by F1.
Leclerc was born and brought up in Monte Carlo, Monaco, one of the most elite places on the earth. However, despite growing up in one of the richest principalities around the world, Leclerc didn't possess an abundance of wealth. He had positive influences from his father- Herve, and former F1 driver Jules Bianchi during his childhood. Sadly, the Monegasque lost those close to him in tragic circumstances.
His close friend Jules Bianchi, passed away following a heavy crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. A few years later, Leclerc's father passed away following a prolonged battle with an undisclosed illness. Later in 2020, his close friend, Anthoine Hubert, who was competing in F2, suffered a massive crash at Spa Francorchamps, and subsequently passed away. Leclerc, then went on to win the Belgian GP that weekend and dedicated what was his first F1 victory to the late Frenchman.
Leclerc has 2 siblings - an older brother, Lorenzo, and a younger brother, Arthur. Arthur Leclerc currently races in the Formula Regional European Championship and is a part of the Ferrari junior program.
Leclerc is currently dating Charlotte Sine, a model and Instagram influencer. Charles previously dated Giada Gianni for 5 years, before splitting up in late 2019.
There were also speculations that Leclerc could be a blood-relative of Charles Sobhraj and Marie Andr?e Leclerc, the French serial killer duo, but, the truth is, No! Charles Leclerc isn't related to them in any way.
Being part of the "new" generation of F1 drivers, Leclerc is quite active on social media and even has his own official website. Interested parties can reach out to Leclerc through his official website: https://www.charlesleclerc.com
Likewise, fans can connect with the Monegasque via his Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube accounts. Leclerc is particularly active on Twitch and even wore one of the most absurd costumes during a live stream - Banana. To the ones searching for high-quality images of Leclerc to use as wallpapers, check out this link.
Charles Leclerc is the brand ambassador for the Princess Charlene Foundation. Princess Charlene is the princess of Monaco and the wife of Prince Albert II. The foundation aims to help children develop sporting values. Prior to her marriage to Prince Albert, she was an athlete herself. Recognizing Leclerc's talent, she made him the ambassador.
In 2019, Leclerc teamed up with Sebastian Vettel to play a football match for a charity aimed at cancer research.
To aid in the fight against COVID-19, Leclerc teamed up with fellow F1 drivers to organize a charity F1 Esports event called Race For The World. The initiative raised nearly $70000.
Leclerc also donned the role of a part-time delivery partner when he teamed up with the Monaco Red Cross to deliver food and essentials to the elderly in Monaco, during the Coronavirus crisis.
He also has his own Karting company, which he launched with the intention of helping youngsters through the initial years of struggle and to promote racing across the globe.
|Marital Status||Unmarried (In a relationship with Charlotte Sine)|
|Endorsements||Richard Mille, Scuderia Ferrari, Giorgio Armani|
|Annual Salary||$12 million|
|Career Points||646 (as of 2022 Imola GP)|