Charles Leclerc robbed by 'fan' asking for photo as F1 star's watch is snatched


Charles Leclerc was reportedly robbed by a ‘fan’ who had stopped to ask the Ferrari ace for a photo in the Tuscan seaside resort of Viareggio on Easter Monday. Leclerc, who currently tops the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings, had his watch snatched during the incident.

The F1 season continues in Italy this weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which is one of three races to take on 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 ran off. And the watch was said to be worth several thousand euros.

Leclerc has been in scintillating form during the early stages of the new F1 season and made a winning start in Bahrain last month as he finished ahead of his Scuderia team-mate Carlos Sainz and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton.

The Monegasque driver had to settle for second place at 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 got back to winning ways at the third race in Australia as he cruised to victory ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and the Silver Arrows’ George Russell.

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“This has been a good surprise. But yeah, we need to keep pushing obviously. For now, it’s going extremely well. There are a lot of things that will be quite crazy at Imola for us. Obviously, other than that, it will also be a race weekend where we’ll have a Sprint race. Whether it’s the right track to do it or not, I don’t know. I think we’ll have the answer after the weekend.

“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of excitement but we also need to make sure, as a team, that we don’t try and overdo things – because there will be a lot of expectations as always. We need to stay calm.”


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