This year, the immensely talented Monegasque driver will realise the dream he has had since he began karting, when he lines up on the grid as a Formula 1 driver for the newly-named Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team. After the usual start in karting, Charles’ rise through the ranks has been meteoric: he was the top rookie in Formula Renault, then in Formula 3 and he came 2nd in the Macau Grand Prix in 2015. He was GP3 Champion in 2016, the same year that he made his debut in F1 during Friday morning practice sessions with Haas Grand Prix. As a student at the Ferrari Driver Academy, he was promoted to the FIA F2 championship in 2017, taking the series by storm. He clinched the title at his first attempt, with three races still remaining, taking a total of seven wins and three further podiums, having started from pole a record eight times.