Where does Charles Leclerc rank 2024 Monaco Grand Prix win?

The Monegasque driver likened his victory in Monaco to the 2019 Italian Grand Prix win

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Charles Leclerc is a race winner for the first time in almost two years as the Ferrari ace crushed the opposition at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, but just how highly does he rate his first ever victory around the streets of Monte Carlo?

After taking a strong pole position on Saturday, it seemed sure that il Predestinato would go on to finally break the Monaco curse that has haunted him since he was racing in Formula 2 back in 2017, with a golden chance to win around a track impossible to overtake at.

And as it turns out, that’s exactly what he did as he took a lights-to-flag triumph to become the first Monegasque driver to win the Monaco GP since Louis Chiron in 1931, and the first Ferrari driver to win there since Sebastian Vettel back in 2017.

But is it his finest ever victory in Formula 1? Does it really rank above his emotional wins at the 2019 Belgian or Italian GPs? Or his grand slam at the 2022 Australian GP? Where exactly does the 26-year-old rank it?

“Obviously Monza in 2019 was extremely special,” Leclerc told select members of the press after the race, including Total-Motorsport. “But yeah, Monaco is the Grand Prix that made me dream of becoming an F1 driver.

Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office
Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

“I remember being so young and watching the race with my friends, and obviously my father who gave absolutely everything for me to get to where I am today, and I felt like I don’t only accomplish a dream of mine today but also one of his. It’s just such a special weekend.

“Overall, it’s a street track is such a difficult track to put everything together from F1 to qualifying to then all the laps that you have to do in the race, and to finally make it in front of my whole family, my friends that were watching all over the track is a very, very special feeling.”

Revisiting Charles Leclerc’s other F1 victories?

The 2019 Belgian Grand Prix

Leclerc didn’t have to wait too long to claim his first win in the iconic red of Ferrari, but it came on the a very dark weekend for motor-racing and the then-21-year-old as he lost his close friend, Anthoine Hubert, in a devastating accident in F2 at the 2019 Belgian GP.

But he managed to find the strength of mind to deliver on a commanding pole position where he beat Sebastian Vettel by seven tenths to then repel Lewis Hamilton’s late charge, coming home to win at Spa-Francorchamps by less than one second.

The 2019 Italian Grand Prix

Leclerc’s next win would come just seven days later at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza when he delivered another pole position in a qualifying session that saw pole and fourth separated by just 0.150, proving his blistering one-lap pace once again.

This time, with the weight of Italy on his shoulders as the Tifosi dreamed of a first victory at their home track since 2010, Leclerc proved his mental fortitude again in a completely different way to the Belgian GP, as he resisted repeated attacks by Hamilton as Mercedes challenged for the lead.

Whilst sometimes he might have crossed the limit of what was reasonable, he decided he was not going to allow either of the Silver Arrows by him as he sent Mattia Binotto’s team into delirium when he crossed the line on Lap 53 as Vettel finished 13th, a lap down.

Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the 2019 Italian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

It would then be 924 days and a global pandemic before the Monegasque anthem was played for a winner once again as Ferrari lost their way in the following two seasons, dropping well behind Mercedes and Red Bull, although Leclerc did nearly manage to win in the meantime with some narrow misses.

Leclerc’s third win came at the dawn of a new era for F1 as they introduced ground effect cars, and Ferrari hit the “ground” running with victory at the 2022 Bahrain GP to kick off the new regulations in a straight fight against Max Verstappen.

Repeatedly the new world champion tried to pass the pole sitter, but the Ferrari driver was very shrewd as he intentionally avoided eighth gear to trick Verstappen with DRS before reclaiming the lead at Turn 4.

When Verstappen’s engine expired on Lap 54, he opened up a five-second lead to his teammate as they secured Ferrari‘s first 1-2 finish since the 2019 Singapore GP with a huge war cry declaring they were well in the title fight.

The 2022 Australian GP

After Bahrain, and a narrow defeat at the Saudi Arabian GP, Leclerc would race into a 34 point lead after three rounds of the 2022 season at the end of the Australian GP as he dominated the race.

He took pole with a handful of tenths back to Verstappen, before ensuring the Red Bull could not get close to him throughout the 58 laps of the newly designed Albert Park Circuit. When his title rival DNF’d, it only got sweeter as the Ferrari then went on to win by over 20 seconds from Sergio Perez.

That left him with a massive 46 points advantage over the Dutchman, before Ferrari began to catastrophically implode with the season ending in a series of broken records for Verstappen and Red Bull.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after winning 2022 Australian GP | REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The 2022 Austrian GP

After Australia, most people would have laughed if you told them that Leclerc would then go seven races before taking another win in a tightly-contested 2022 season but that’s how it played out.

The Ferrari star had to wait all the way until July 10 for victory again, despite having five chances to win in the meantime as a series of reliability and strategic errors began to creep in, but it was memorable to say the least.

Verstappen had opened up a 43-point lead over Leclerc, despite being 46 points down after Australia, as Red Bull proved to be the team to beat but even someone as good as Verstappen would be unable to resist him in Styria.

Ferrari surprised themselves by being better on tyre degradation than many expected in the Sprint Race as they finished right on Red Bull’s gearbox, before they went one better in the Grand Prix the very next day.

Leclerc would overtake Verstappen on Lap 12 with an audacious divebomb into Turn 4, Lap 33 and Lap 53, as he laid down a firm marker that he can still deliver the big moments when he’s required.

Of course, a win with Ferrari is a rarely easy and the Monegasque driver had to manage major reliability issues until the end, but he stood tall once again to take his first ever win from below pole.

It would be his last win for 686 days until he won the 2024 Monaco GP

Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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