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17 Dec 2019


Autosport, the motorsport industry’s “bible” that celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2020, is delighted to announce that F1 race winner Charles Leclerc will be the star guest at Autosport International, Europe’s premier motorsport show, at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 12th January 2020. Don't miss out! 

The Monaco born driver broke into the ranks of F1 front runners in 2019, taking the most pole positions of any driver. He also entered Ferrari folklore when he won the Scuderia’s home Grand Prix at Monza, Italy; only the tenth driver in the team’s F1 history to do so. He will be first current Ferrari F1 driver to star at the show when he comes face to face with fans on the show’s final day. 

Motorsport fans will also get the rare chance to have their questions to Charles answered on stage, as one of F1’s most high-profile talents participates in a Live Q and A on stage.

As well as his poles and victories, Leclerc provided two of the season’s most talked about moments of 2019; his duel with Max Verstappen at Silverstone and with Lewis Hamilton at Monza. His meteoric rise to the pinnacle of motorsport has seen him become a global superstar, part of an exciting new generation of drivers. The 22-year-old’s success has been praised by the motorsport community as well as attracting a younger generation to the sport.

Motorsport Network president James Allen said: “It’s always exciting for fans to see one of the top F1 stars close up and Charles Leclerc’s presence makes Autosport International a ‘must attend’ on January 12th. I have known him for a few years now and like him immensely. He is a great personality in our sport. He has a mature racing brain allied to astonishing speed and there’s no doubt he has all the tools to challenge for the 2020 World Championship. So what better way to kick off the 70th anniversary year of both F1 and Autosport?”

Charles Leclerc joined Ferrari for the 2019 season after a remarkable debut season with Alfa Romeo Sauber in 2018. The Monégasque driver has quickly established himself as a fan favourite scoring two wins and ten podiums for the Scuderia team. Along with his success on a race day, Leclerc scored seven pole positions in 2019, the most of any driver, eclipsing six-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton. He previously won both the GP3 and Formula 2 Championships.

A must-attend date in the diary for both motorsport fans and industry professionals, Autosport International uniquely incorporates two trade-only days with two public days. From Karting to Formula 1, visitors can get up close to iconic racecar displays and a host of motorsport stars. Thousands of visitors come to see an unmissable combination of cars, stars and action.