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Leclerc: I'd love to try Le Mans if opportunity arose

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc hasn't ruled out driving 24 hours of Le Mans one day, following news that the Italian manufacturer will be re-entering the top class in 2023. Leclerc, who hails from Monaco, has been speaking about his affection for the historic event and track.

Charles Leclerc has told reporters he would be interested in driving at Le Mans one day, although he was keen to stress that F1 is his sole focus for the time being. The Monaco-born driver claims he has always been a fan of the annual sportscar race in eastern France, and hasn't ruled out taking part in the event in the future. Ferrari said on Wednesday it would be entering the new Hypercar top category at Le Mans in 2023, competing for outright victory for the first time since 1965. By contrast, Leclerc's Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz said he was not thinking about future endeavors. “I love Le Mans. If the opportunity arises then I would be very happy to join. At the moment my main focus is Formula One but if there is an opportunity, why not", Leclerc told the media. Numerous Formula 1 drivers have won Le Mans, with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg triumphant with Porsche in 2015 while also competing in F1 with Force India. Former Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, a two-time F1 world champion now making his comeback with Renault-owned Alpine, also won Le Mans with Toyota in 2018 and 2019 (while still at McLaren). Alonso has also previously attempted to become the first driver since Graham Hill to complete the Triple Crown of motorsport, which involves winning the Monaco GP, Indy 500, and 24 hours of Le Mans. However, all of his previous attempts to win the ever-illusive Indy 500 have ended unsuccessfully. For Leclerc, history beckons - should he fancy the challenge.

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