MONZA, Italy — 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 champion Sebastian Vettel. It was Leclerc — 11 years younger than Vettel and in only his second season in Formula One — who ended the drought.
The Italian Grand Prix victory was the second win in a row for the 21-year-old Leclerc, who is debuting with Ferrari this season after driving for Sauber as a rookie.