Charles Leclrec ended Ferrari’s Italian Grand Prix drought on Sunday with the team’s first Formula One victory in front of their home fans since 2010.
A week after his first career grand prix victory, Leclerc secured his second as his promising career begins to take off.
The Ferrari driver sealed a memorable home victory at Monza, holding off an immense amount of pressure from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas throughout the race.
All three drivers made errors, notably when braking into the chicanes, and those small errors proved costly in a tight race.
“I’ve never been so tired,” said Leclerc afterwards. “This is a dream come true. The win in Spa was a dream, but to do it here was an even bigger dream. Thank you.”
The victory lifts Leclerc 13 points ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Vettel had a day to forget, suffering a 10-second stop-and-go penalty that saw him finish 13th.
“It was a good day for the team but not one for me,” Vettel said afterwards.
Hamilton still leads the standings, 63 points ahead of Mercedes teammate Bottas, with seven races to go.
The drivers have a small break before racing continues in Singapore on September 20.