Ferrari star splits with model girlfriend

Charles Leclerc has dumped his stunning model girlfriend in order to challenge Lewis Hamilton for the F1 title.

The Monegasque broke up with long-term missus Giada Gianni whose Instagram has been wiped of most photos of the Ferrari driver.

Leclerc finished third behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in Sunday’s Russian GP despite starting on pole.

The 21-year-old is rapidly becoming the driver to beat as his internal power struggle with veteran teammate Sebastian Vettel intensifies week on week.

Leclerc sits third in the F1 standings but will find it almost impossible to catch championship leader Lewis Hamilton who is currently 107 points ahead of the young Ferrari driver.

But in an effort to close that gap and mount a serious challenge next season, Leclerc has made the drastic change to his personal life.

Italian Gianni, also 21, announced the news during an Instagram live video in which she explained the reason behind the split.

“Charles left me. He wants to devote himself only to Ferrari,” she said, per Vanity Fair.

Gianni has more than 58,000 followers on Instagram and was often seen trackside in the paddock supporting her former beau.

Leclerc is yet to comment on the news instead focusing on racing after Sunday’s result.

He became the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2001 to take four successive poles.

“It feels very, very special but I don’t want to think about stats for now,” he said.

“I just want to focus on the job. There is a long way to go and it is a good start. We have been competitive all weekend and the race simulation seems good too.”

This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission

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