Charles Leclerc stolen by ‘fan’ asking for photo as F1 star’s watch is ripped off | F1 | sport

Charles Leclerc was allegedly robbed by a ‘fan’ who stopped to ask the Ferrari ace for a photo in the Tuscan resort of Viareggio on Easter Monday. Leclerc, who currently leads the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings, had his £246,000 watch stolen during the incident.

The F1 season continues in Italy this weekend at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, which is one of three races to adopt the Sprint format. And, according to Italian news agency ANSA, Leclerc was with his personal trainer at the marina in Viareggio when a man snatched his watch and fled. And the Richard Mille watch was worth almost £250,000.

A Ferrari spokesperson said: “We can confirm that on the evening of April 18, in Viareggio, Italy, Charles Leclerc had his watch stolen. As investigations are ongoing, no further details can be shared at this time. »

Leclerc was in scintillating form at the start of the new F1 season and got off to a winning start in Bahrain last month finishing ahead of Scuderia team-mate Carlos Sainz and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton.

The Monegasque driver had to settle for second place in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix a week later as he was denied victory by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by the narrowest of margins. But Leclerc returned to winning ways in the third race in Australia as he took victory ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Silver Arrows’ George Russell.

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“It was a good surprise. But yes, we have to keep pushing obviously. So far, it’s going really well. There are a lot of things that will be pretty crazy at Imola for us. Obviously, apart from that, it will also be a race weekend where we will have a Sprint race. Whether that’s the right way to do it or not, I don’t know. I think we will have the answer after the weekend.

“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of excitement, but we also have to make sure as a team that we don’t try to overdo it – because there will be a lot of expectations, as always. We must remain calm.

Jack C. Nugent