Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc has jokingly thrown his hat into the ring to represent Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest.
However, his amusing offer isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem, given the Monegasque’s music career.
The principality is eligible to take part in Eurovision for the first time since 2021 with the launch of TVMONACO seeing it re-join the European Broadcasting Union.
The tiny country on the French riviera can now enter the 2024 edition of Eurovision in Sweden, and is likely to make an application for the hugely-popular event.
And one of their most famous sons, five-time F1 race winner Leclerc, has jokingly put himself forward.
Replying to the news on X, formerly known at Twitter, he wrote: “I’m ready.”
Leclerc, the 25-year-old Ferrari superstar, took up playing the piano when F1 was paused during Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, and it turns out he’s pretty good at it.
Initially learning the instrument to disconnect from racing, Leclerc got so good at it that he started writing his own songs, to much success.
With over 250,000 streams per month, Leclerc’s three singles released so far showcase his piano skills, and all have F1 inspired titles.
Talking to Classic FM, he said: “My life has always been about speed since I was four and I started racing.
“The best way I found to slow down and disconnect from the racing world was music.
“I fell in love with this instrument straight away.
“I took a few lessons at the beginning to try and learn how to read music, which I did.
“But very quickly, I basically wanted to do my own songs – and that’s how I started.”