Charles Leclerc has secured his future with Ferrari, signing a contract extension that will keep him at the Italian team until the end of 2029. The news, reported by "Gazzetta dello Sport", also reveals a significant increase in Leclerc's earnings, with his salary doubling from €25 million per season at an incredible 50 million euros.
His current deal was set to expire in 2024 and his impressive performances throughout the season – despite finishing fifth – undoubtedly cemented his place. This extension comes as a welcome relief to Ferrari fans who have been worried about the possibility of Leclerc being hired by another team.
While Leclerc's future at Ferrari is settled, the situation surrounding his teammate, Carlos Sainz, remains somewhat murky. The Spaniard's contract also expires in 2024, and he is reportedly seeking a two-year extension. However, Ferrari appear hesitant, possibly with an eye on McLaren's Lando Norris as a potential replacement.
This creates an interesting dynamic within the team, with both drivers fighting for long-term security. Looking ahead to the 2023 season, Leclerc's fifth place and Sainz's seventh place left Ferrari just off the pace of the champions.
Logan Sergeant remains at Williams
Meanwhile, the Williams team has also confirmed its driver line-up for next season. American rookie Logan Sergeant was given an extension after a solid debut year, once again partnered with the experienced Alex Albon.
Sergeant's raw talent and willingness to learn impressed Williams enough to overlook his occasional incidents on the track, giving him another chance to prove himself in the competitive F1 environment. With the 2024 driver roster complete, the excitement and anticipation for the new season begins.
Will Ferrari unleash its full potential with Leclerc's long-term commitment? Can Sainz secure his future and challenge his teammate? And will Sergeant continue his learning curve and blossom into a future star? These are just some of the questions that will keep F1 fans excited as the world of racing prepares for another exciting chapter.