Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has £245,000 watch stolen after being mobbed by fans

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc had his £245,000 watch stolen after he was mobbed by fans in Italy on Monday, reports from the continent are stating.

The Formula 1 championship leader was with friends, including trainer Andrea Ferrari, in the Tuscan city of Viareggio on Easter Monday and was robbed after being surrounded by fans late in the evening.

Leclerc and his entourage were in the Via Salvatori area when the Monegasque driver was spotted by fans, stopping to take pictures and sign autographs – and having his watch stolen in the process before he even noticed it was gone.

A thief managed to prise the watch from Leclerc's left wrist as his presence attracted more and more attention from fans. He has reported the incident to police, who are investigating whether the robbery was opportunistic or planned in advance.

Leclerc's trainer Ferrari, who hails from Viareggio, took to Instagram to complain about the lack of lighting in the area where the incident occurred, writing: "Via Salvatori has been completely in the dark for months. We have been reporting this for months.

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"Well, yesterday evening in Via Salvatori, they have robbed us. Think of arranging the lamps sooner or later? Asking for a friend."

Leclerc's watch is believed to be from Swiss watch maker Richard Mille, who is a long-term sponsor of the driver and became an official sponsor of the Ferrari team last year. The watch is understood to be valued at around $320,000 (£245,000).

It's not the first time that a Formula 1 driver's watch has been targeted by thieves, with British driver Lando Norris having his own Richard Mille watch snatched following England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy at Wembley.

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