Proud Leclerc lights up Monaco’s Olympic dream

For Charles Leclerc, a day unlike any other unfolded on the streets of Monaco on Tuesday.

The Ferrari driver, a hero not just celebrated but born from these very streets, became the first Monegasque to carry the Olympic flame, an honor that transcended the racetrack.

As the inaugural torchbearer, Leclerc, who triumphed last month in his home race, gathered alongside Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in front of the statue of the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio at Port Hercule.

With a sense of pride and honor, the six-time F1 winner embarked on his route, greeted by the enthusiastic cheers of his fellow countrymen. He held the iconic flame high as he passed through the Principality, before ceremoniously handing the symbolic flambeau to the next torchbearer, skier Alexandra Coletti, as it continued its journey to France and to its final destination, Paris.

“Honored to have been chosen to carry the Olympic flame through the streets of my home country, Monaco, before it continues its journey to beautiful France,” Leclerc wrote on social media, capturing the emotion and significance of the moment.