After the introductory season at Sauber, Leclerc made his debut in the red car the following year, in which he was before the 2019 season replaced Kimi Raikkonen.
The young driver still remembers well the moment when he was called by the then head of Ferrari’s F1 team Maurizio Arrivabene.
I will never forget the moment I found out the news that I had become a Ferrari driver. I was on a ship with quite a few friends and Maurizio [Arrivabene] called me. I immediately said stop the engine and there was pure silence. Maurizio told me first: We made a decision and we didn’t pick you for next year. I was very disappointed. I didn’t expect them to take me, but you always have hope. It took about 5 seconds when I didn’t say anything, and then Maurizio said: No, I’m kidding, you’re actually selected for a seat at Ferrari. I tried to stay calm on the phone, then I jumped off the ship and complete madness reigned.