The Ferrari Driver Academy driver clinches the title thanks to his sixth win of the season in Race 1 at Jerez. Fuoco a brilliant third.
Charles Leclerc has won the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship with victory in the first of two races at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, having started from pole position. It was a tense race, the outcome in doubt right down to the final metres, as the Safety Car had seen the field bunch up, when it came out with only a few laps remaining. This sixth win of the year took Leclerc’s points tally to an unbeatable 247, with three races to go to the end of the Championship. “Taking the title with a win is really great,” commented Charles. “With the Prema team, we have been front runners at every single track. It was a tough championship both on and off the track and the death of my father was a difficult moment. I want to dedicate this achievement to him. I want to thank the team, my team-mate and everyone who helped me reach this goal, starting with everyone at the Ferrari Driver Academy who always gave me great support.” Alongside Leclerc on the Jerez podium was his team-mate Antonio Fuoco, who came third after fighting his way up the order, having started from the eighth row of the grid. The Jerez weekend ends on Sunday with the second race, when Fuoco and Leclerc will start from sixth and eighth places respectively on the Spanish starting grid.