Drake loses $230K after betting Charles Leclerc would win Grand Prix

Rapper Drake loses more than $230K after betting Charles Leclerc would win the Spanish Grand Prix in first (and probably last) F1 bet

  • The rapper bet CA$300,000 on Charles Leclerc winning in Barcelona yesterday
  • The F1 driver was on pole position but was forced to retire early in the race
  • Drake was set for a $590,000 payout before Leclerc’s early exit on Sunday

Drake has lost $230,000 after betting that Formula One driver Charles Leclerc would win Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. 

The Canadian rapper, 35, placed his first ever F1 bet on the cryptocurrency platform Stake, stumping up CA$300,000 for the Ferrari driver.

Leclerc started the race on pole position after coming out top in qualifying in Barcelona, but the Monegasque racer was forced to retire early.

Drake has lost $230,000 after betting that Formula One driver Charles Leclerc would win Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix

Leclerc started the race on pole position after coming out top in qualifying in Barcelona, but the Monegasque racer was forced to retire early (pictured yesterday) 

He led the race for 27 laps until his Ferrari suddenly lost power and sputtered to a near stop.

This cleared the path for Max Verstappen to claim the chequered flag and overtake Leclerc in the overall championship table.

Drake shared a screenshot of his bet on his Instagram Stories, showing he had deposited CA$300,000 in the hope of winning CA$750,000 (US$590,000).

He captioned the post: ‘First F1 bet, let’s see how it goes.’

Drake has a partnership with the crypto firm Stake where he hosts exclusive live-streams.  

He also won an estimated $2million in Bitcoin in bets on this year’s Super Bowl.

Drake shared a screenshot of his bet on his Instagram Stories, showing he had deposited CA$300,000 in the hope of winning CA$750,000 (US$590,000)

Leclerc led the race for 27 laps until his Ferrari suddenly lost power and sputtered to a near stop

F1 fans joked that the so-called ‘Drake curse’, which has seen teams and stars lose after he publicly backed them, has now plagued their sport.

It started when the Toronto Raptors, Drake’s hometown basketball team, made him their global ambassador in 2013 and went on to gain a reputation for choking in big games. 

Two years later Serena Williams suffered a surprise defeat to Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the US Open shortly after meeting Drake.

UFC champion Conor McGregor fell victim to the Drake curse as he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Boxer Anthony Joshua even joked before his ill-fated fight with Andy Ruiz Jr that he would ‘defeat the curse’ shortly after meeting the superstar rapper.

Drake has previously been spotted with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton who battled up to fifth in yesterday’s Grand Prix after an early puncture saw him drop down to 19th. 

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