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Leclerc’s emotional victory in Monaco: A tribute to his late father

MONACO: Charles Leclerc had tears in his eyes and thoughts of his late father surging through his mind as he sped to an emotional victory in his home Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. This triumph was not just a career milestone but a deeply personal fulfillment for the 26-year-old Ferrari driver, whose dedication to his sport is intertwined with the love and support of his late father, Hervé Leclerc.

Hervé Leclerc passed away in 2017, just as Charles was making his mark in the competitive world of Formula Two. Despite the immense personal loss, Leclerc channeled his grief into determination, winning the 2017 Baku Formula Two races merely three days after his father’s death. This resilience and strength have defined Leclerc’s journey in motorsport.

Leclerc’s victory in Monaco is especially poignant as he became the first Monegasque to win the prestigious race since Louis Chiron in 1931. Reflecting on his win, Leclerc shared how watching the Monaco Grand Prix as a child with his father ignited his dream of one day standing on the top step of the podium. “I remember being so young and watching the race with my friends, obviously with my father, that has done absolutely everything for me to get to where I am today,” Leclerc said. “I feel like I don’t only accomplish a dream of mine today, but also one of his.”(Reuters)

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