24 Hours of Le Mans: the new appeal of Charles Leclerc’s foot

While he had already revealed that he wanted to participate one day in the 24 hours of Le Mans during his visit to the Sarthe city in 2023, Charles Leclerc put a part back in the machine in China.

Published on 18/04/2024 à 09:37

Jeremy Satis

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24 Hours of Le Mans: the new appeal of Charles Leclerc’s foot

Charles Leclerc soon at Le Mans? © DPPI

The resurgence of leading manufacturers in Hypercar since last year has not gone unnoticed. Starting with the paddock of the F1, yet usually so hermetic to what happens outside its own circumference. Present at 24 hours of Le Mans 2023 last June, when Ferrari won the legendary Sarthe race for his return to the premier category with Antonio Giovinazzi, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, Charles Leclerc loved the atmosphere to the point of wanting to ride there one day.

The Monegasque, only 26 years old, is in the prime of his life and more committed than ever to F1 after signing a new long-term contract with Scuderia Ferrari. He nevertheless recalled from Shanghai that he would sincerely like to compete in the most legendary race in the world, and that this would remain one of his objectives until the end of his career.

It was when he was invited to speak about the new long-term contract and the remarkable longevity of Fernando Alonso (42 years old), also winner at Le Mans in 2018 and 2019, that Leclerc put a part back in the machine. “It's difficult to imagine myself in 15 or 18 years still in F1. You can see how efficient and motivated Fernando always is. Above all, he is at a level which is still very high and that goes beyond age or numbers” he paid tribute to him.

“For my part, I would obviously like to drive for many more years, but I'm not sure that this will be the case in F1 all the time. I would also like to experiment with other series, and in particular racing at Le Mans. But as long as I was fully motivated, I would keep riding. I love what I do, so I want to continue as long as possible.

A second part of his career, after the first seven seasons in F1, which should one day pass through Le Mans. And who knows, maybe even carrying out both projects at the same time. Didn't Fernando Alonso win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 despite his F1 season at McLaren ?

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