LONDON (Reuters) - Factbox on Monegasque Formula One driver Charles Leclerc, who will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next year:- - - -
*Born October 16, 1997, Monte-Carlo.
*Became the youngest French cadet karting champion in 2009 and won a series of other karting titles. In 2014 he was the best rookie in the Formula Renault series and in 2015 best rookie in Formula Three.
*Winner of the 2016 GP3 series, when he also joined the Ferrari academy with the added role of development driver for Ferrari and Haas.
*Won the Formula Two title in 2017, with three races remaining, and made his F1 race debut with the Sauber team in March 2018.
*Scored his first Formula One points with sixth place in Azerbaijan in April.
*Jules Bianchi, the French Formula One driver and Ferrari protege who died in 2015 of head injuries sustained in a 2014 Japanese Grand Prix crash, was a family friend. Leclerc started karting at the track owned by Bianchi’s father Philippe.
*Like Bianchi, Leclerc is also managed by Nicolas Todt whose father is the head of the FIA, the sport’s governing body, and a former Ferrari boss.
*Leclerc’s father Herve died in June last year. Four days later, Leclerc won a Formula Two race in Azerbaijan.
*Sept 11 - Confirmed as a Ferrari driver for 2019, the first Monegasque to race for the Italian team.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge