Leclerc insists he's 'fully focused' despite having his watch stolen

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc insists he’s ‘fully focused’ on this weekend’s Imola Grand Prix despite having his £265,000 watch stolen while posing for a group photo just days before

  • Charles Leclerc was robbed of his £265,000 watch while signing autographs 
  • But he says his full focus is on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend
  • Leclerc admits ‘it’s hasn’t been a great experience’ as the police investigate

Charles Leclerc says he’s ‘fully focused’ on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend despite recently being a victim of robbery. 

The Ferrari driver was robbed of his £265,000 watch while signing autographs in Italy on Easter Monday.

Leclerc was out with friends in Viareggio in Tuscany when he was recognised and approached by fans for autographs and photos.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had his watch stolen while in Tuscany with friends on Easter Monday 

He obliged but then realised his Richard Mille 67-02 watch, which had been customised to be in the colours of the Monaco flag, had been swiped from his wrist. 

Now, the 24-year-old says his full focus is on the race in Imola as the police continue to investigate the incident. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, Leclerc said: ‘It hasn’t been a great experience but I cannot say much more than that.

‘Everything is going on with the police and they are trying to find them. It hasn’t been as smooth as what I’ve read.

But the he says his full focus is on Sunday’s race as the police continue with investigation 

Leclerc’s watch is designed to colours of the Monaco flag and is said to be worth £245,000

‘But overall I am fine and fully focused on the weekend. It won’t hurt me for this weekend.’

The Monegasque driver is not the first F1 driver to have his watch robbed. McLaren’s Lando Norris had his own Richard Mille watch stolen in July last year after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

Leclerc has been the star of the 2022 season so far and is the current leader of the drivers’ championship.

Victories at both the season-opening race in Bahrain and the most recent race, the Australian Grand Prix, has propelled Leclerc into genuine title contention with Ferrari looking the best in class at this moment.

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