Charles Leclerc has been given the Ferrari car he used to claim his maiden victory in Formula 1 as a gift from the team.

The Monegasque driver took a very special delivery on Thursday as his race-winning 2019 SF90 Ferrari F1 car arrived at his home ahead of next weekend’s second race of the season at Imola.

The Ferrari SF90 model - named to celebrate Ferrari’s 90th anniversary - was the car in which Leclerc won his first F1 race at the 2019 Belgium Grand Prix, having resisted late pressure from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

It proved to be a highly emotional win for Leclerc, coming a day after the tragic death of his childhood friend Anthoine Hubert in a Formula 2 crash.

A week later Leclerc went on to claim Ferrari’s first victory at the Italian Grand Prix since 2010 in front of the team’s adorning Tifosi fans at a packed-out Monza.

Leclerc posted images of his present from Ferrari on social media. The car comes equipped with a Ferrari power unit and is ready to run, though it would need a group of engineers in order to fire it up.

To date, those remain the 23-year-old’s only two wins in F1. Leclerc finished fourth in that year’s standings, beating four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in his first campaign with Ferrari.

Ferrari went on to suffer its worst season in over four decades in 2020, with Leclerc slipping back to sixth in the championship.

 

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