Charles Leclerc is having a dream season in motorsports. After leading the 2022 World Championship chart, Leclerc will now be seen in the centre of the F1 22 cover. The 24-year-old Ferrari driver has become the official brand ambassador for the Formula One video game series. Interestingly, Leclerc has replaced seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was the brand ambassador in the past instalments.
Fellow young F1 drivers Lando Norris and George Russell will also appear beside Leclerc on F1 22’s cover page. However, this is Leclerc’s promotion on the cover page as earlier he has appeared alongside senior pros Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the F1 2021 cover. Also, Hamilton and the 2021 F1 world champion will appear on the F1 22 but on the champions edition, featuring world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.
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EA Sports has released a statement regarding the significant development and stated that Leclerc had become their first choice because they want to target youngsters and new talents in motorsports who will define the new era of F1.
F1 Senior Creative Director at Codemasters, Lee Mather, was quoted by PlanetF1, “Leclerc has the potential to become an F1 world champion. F1 22 is celebrating the best young talent in F1, and we are excited to build a deeper relationship with Charles Leclerc.”
“Established as part of the new era of Formula 1, we will work with Charles throughout the season to bring our players closer to the action,” he added. The Ferrari driver has shown exceptional performance this season, bagging three podiums from the four races, including two race wins. The Monegasque driver is comfortably leading the title race with 86 points, and the next driver to him is the reigning champion Max Verstappen with only 59 points.
However, Leclerc’s Imola GP race was not up to the mark as he set for a third-place finish until a late crash saw him drop to sixth. Leclerc’s mistake caps a disappointing home race for Ferrari after Carlos Sainz retired following a lap-one crash.