Charles Leclerc has conceded himself a day of testing with a kart in Lonato.
Look who's back! Charles Leclerc is back on track with a kart in Lonato, maintaining the tradition of donning red.
The young driver from Monaco, like last year, has allowed himself a day of practice with Birel ART, supervised by the team from Lissone.
For Leclerc, red has become a constant since, beginning in 2019, he shall be a Ferrari driver in the Formula 1 championship. Here a small part of the interview we did last year to Charles himself, where we retraced the first steps on the road that led him to be the youngest Ferrari driver in Formula 1, where he will race alongside Sebastian Vettel.
Leclerc in kart, how it started
It all started when Charles was only 5 years old and, like many good motorsport stories, the first page was written with the help of his father Hervé, a former F3 driver in the 1990s. «I started running at 5, but I would be lying if I said I already imagined such a future. I was just thinking of having fun. Everything changed with the victory of the French championship». It was therefore the victory in the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur) to launch him forth.
2011: The Turning Point
«The 2011 World Cup was without a doubt my best kart race. The whole weekend was perfect, but in the Final I missed the start so I was called to a great recovery. Keeping calm, I managed to get back in the lead and then I won the race». Chance had it that he beat Max Verstappen that year, with whom in 2019 he will again find himself at the same level in F1; one in Ferrari, him, and the other, Verstappen, in Red Bull.
A bet won by Nicolas Todt
His characteristics did not go unnoticed in the eyes of Nicolas Todt, who brought him under the banner of the ART GP Racing Team with the management of All Road Management. Then, in 2012, he moved to KF2 and, despite having to learn the use of the front brake, he took home success in the WSK Euro Series, finishing 2nd in the European and the World Cup in the category.
A. Giustini - Birel ART/ KSW