The Monza Grand Prix over the weekend marked Ferrari’s second win for the season, after Leclerc secured back-to-back victory for the team.
The 21-year-old, who has just entered his second year in Formula 1, made his maiden Formula 1 win at the Belgian Grand Prix last week.
However, there was no post-race celebration at the Belgian Grand Prix following the tragic death of 22-year-old driver Antoine Hubert, after a high-collision crash in Formula 2 the same weekend.
Leclerc paid his respects to Hubert at the Italian Grand Prix with the words “RIP Toni” printed on his steering wheel.
Ferrari have not won their home Grand Prix since 2010, when Fernando Alonso scored victory.
It was a stellar performance for the Monegasque driver, who again, just nipped the win.
“What a race – I’ve never been so tired,” Leclerc said to Sky Media.
In Belgium, Leclerc beat Lewis Hamilton by just 0.981 seconds and over the weekend beat Bottas by just 0.835 seconds.
“I made a few mistakes but in the end I finished first so I’m very happy with this,” Leclerc said.
“I need to be careful with the mistakes but obviously none of them made me lose position today.”
It has been an especially festive period in Italy, with Ferrari celebrating their 90th birthday and Monza marking their 90th Italian Grand Prix leading up to the race weekend.
Ferrari’s victory saw the Italian crowd go ecstatic and the sky turn red from flairs.
“To win two in a row is something special,” team principal of Scuderia Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, said.
Italian fans have been waiting for this moment for nine years.
What a fitting time for it to fall – on Ferrari’s 90th birthday.
The next Formula 1 race will be the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, September 22, at 10:10 pm AEST on Pay TV or on streaming channels, Foxtel or Kayo.
Italian Grand Prix Results (Round 14)
1. Charles Leclerc (NED) – Scuderia Ferrari
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) – Mercedes AMG Petronas
3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) – Mercedes AMG Petronas
4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) – Renault F1 Team
5. Nico Hülkenberg (GER) – Renault F1 Team
6. Alexander Albon (THA) – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda
7. Sergio Pérez (MEX) – SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team
8. Max Verstappen (NED) – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda
9. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) – Alfa Romeo Racing (+ 1 lap)
10. Lando Norris (GBR) – McLaren F1 Team (+ 1 lap)
11. Pierre Gasly (FRA) – Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda (+ 1 lap)
12. Lance Stroll (CAN) – SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (+ 1 lap)
13. George Russell (GBR) – ROKiT Williams Racing (+ 1 lap)
14. Sebastian Vettel (GER) – Scuderia Ferrari (+ 1 lap)
15. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) – Alfa Romeo Racing (+ 1 lap)
16. Romain Grosjean (FRA) – Rich Energy Haas F1 Team (+ 1 lap)
17. Robert Kubica (POL) ROKiT Williams Racing (+ 2 lap)
Kevin Magnussen (DEN) – Rich Energy Haas F1 Team
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) – Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
Carlos Sainz (ESP) – McLaren F1 Team