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Leclerc's rise contrasts with Vettel's miserable season

Sep. 9, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Charles Leclerc was supposed to be Ferrari's future star. Standing aloft on Monza's iconic podium, above a sea of fans dressed in red, he was acclaimed as its current one. Ferrari's nine-year wait for a win at its home race was finally ended on Sunday, but not by four-time world...

Hamilton would take flag for risky move to gain position

Sep. 8, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he would be willing to get a warning flag for a risky move if it meant potentially winning a race. Hamilton finished third in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, behind Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and race winner Charles Leclerc, who ended...

Leclerc ends Ferrari's 9-year wait for Italian GP win

Sep. 8, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Charles Leclerc hadn't even reached his teens the last time Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix. Only a week after achieving a first Formula One victory in Spa, Leclerc ended the storied team's lengthy wait for victory at its home circuit. The noise from the passionate Ferrari "tifosi"...

Leclerc takes pole position for Italian GP

Sep. 7, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

MONZA, Italy (AP) — A mess. An absurdity. Dangerous. Idiots. These were just some of the terms were used to describe the farcical end to qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday. Charles Leclerc rose above it all to secure a second straight pole position and give Ferrari encouragement it can end a...

Leclerc fastest in both practice sessions for Italian GP

Sep. 6, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc posted the fastest time in both practices for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, giving the team hope it can end a nine-year wait for victory on home soil. Having already led the morning session, Leclerc was .068 seconds ahead of championship leader Lewis...

Leclerc is Ferrari's best chance to end Monza drought

Sep. 5, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Nine years is starting to feel like an eternity for Ferrari. The storied Formula One team hasn't won its home race since 2010, but has good reason to think that drought could end at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Those hopes don't even rest solely on four-time world champion...

Leclerc emerging as Ferrari No. 1 driver as Vettel struggles

Sep. 1, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — While four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel continues to struggle, his young teammate Charles Leclerc is emerging as Ferrari's No. 1 driver. The 21-year-old Leclerc clinched the first Formula One win of what is widely expected to be a stellar career at the Belgian...

Leclerc hopes to convert 3rd pole position into 1st GP win

Aug. 31, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Charles Leclerc hopes to make it third time lucky from pole position and finally give Ferrari its first win of a difficult Formula One season in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. He qualified comfortably ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday in a dominant weekend...

Ferrari's hopes of 1st season win boosted by strong practice

Aug. 30, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Seeking its first win of an increasingly frustrating Formula One season, Ferrari got a welcome boost Friday with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc posting the fastest times in both practices for the Belgian Grand Prix. After Vettel was fastest in the morning session,...

Bottas birthday celebrations even sweeter with new contract

Aug. 29, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Valtteri Bottas' 30th birthday celebrations were made even better by Mercedes giving him a new contract for next year. Mercedes gave the Finnish driver a one-year-extension, making 2020 his fourth season alongside world champion Lewis Hamilton. The relieved Bottas signed...