Charles Leclerc has revealed his increasing interest in racing for Ferrari in the World Endurance Championship’s upcoming Le Mans Hypercar class in 2023.
A mere few days ago, Ferrari announced that it is to return to the pinnacle of endurance racing in 2023, having disappeared from the top class almost 50 years ago. The Italian manufacturer’s last appearance at the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans was back in 1973 and the team last took the outright victory in 1965 with the Ferrari 250 LM. Ferrari will make its return in a new era of endurance competition, alongside the likes of Toyota, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, as well as other brands that may come to announce their commitment to the hypercar regulations.
Charles Leclerc, a member of Scuderia Ferrari’s current Formula 1 roster, spoke at the Ferrari team launch on Friday to reveal his significant interest in participating with Ferrari when their 2023 hypercar campaign kicks off.
“I love Le Mans, I’ve always been a fan of Le Mans,” Leclerc stated. “If the opportunity arises, then I will be very happy to join. At the moment, my main focus is Formula 1. But, again, if there is an opportunity, why not?”
While it seems that there is a high chance that we will see the talented Monegasque in a Ferrari hypercar in a few years’ time, his new teammate Carlos Sainz expressed less enthusiasm regarding the opportunity.
“It’s great that a brand like Ferrari wants to try again in Le Mans, and I will be the main supporter and main fan of them,” Sainz remarked. “But, driving-wise, I think we have a lot of work to do here in Ferrari and my full focus is with Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1, and other projects at the moment are not in my direct mind. I will be following closely, but it’s still a bit too far away.”