Charles Leclerc has won the FIA Rookie of the Year award for 2018 for his performance in Formula 1. Last year, he won top honors in Formula 2, making him the first driver to win back-to-back rookie honors.
The award has only been offered since 2014.
The award is not limited to the top Formula series. Any driver competing in their first season in a FIA championship is eligible, meaning Leclerc twice beat out racers in the World Endurance Championship, the World Rally Championship and the CIK Karting KF World Championship.
Leclerc scored two top 10s in the first 14 Grand Prixs – a sixth in Azerbaijan and a ninth in Austria. He closed out the season with five top 10s in the last seven races, including three consecutive sevenths in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
“These last two years have been amazing and this first year in Formula 1 has been great,” Leclerc said at Formula1.com. “It was very difficult in the first few races to get used to these cars, but after that, it has been great, with an amazing team behind me that has pushed me all year long and that has [taught] me all the basics of Formula 1. So yeah, really looking forward to the next challenges ahead and see you soon on track.”
Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”