Charles Leclerc was born in Monte Carlo on 16th October 1997 and began racing karts at the age of five. In 2005, he competed in the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur) regional championship, taking the title that year and again in 2006 and 2008.
In 2009, he was French Cadet champion and the following year he raced in the KF3 category. In 2011, he won the CIK-FIA KF3 World Cup and the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy.
In 2012, at the wheel of an ART GP Kart, Charles won the WSK title, as well as finishing runner-up in the European and World championships.
In 2013, Charles was again runner-up in the European series and finished second in the Under 18 category with the Fortec Motorsport team, with whom he was also second in the 2014 ALPS Championship.
He was best rookie on his Formula 3 debut in 2015, racing with Van Amersfoot Racing, finishing fourth in the championship. In 2016, he joins the Ferrari Driver Academy, as well as racing in GP3 for ART Grand Prix, with another role as development driver for Scuderia Ferrari.