Thanks for your suggestions, I'll give a try but I'm not sure about your statement:
Please, have a look at the below pictures,@mikekgr, please see also:
As per my sketch (for sure not the best one...), the current at the base would be 1.51mA
The measure shows 1.48mA.
The current at the collector is 61.2mA:
I guess ESP can manage 1.48mA without issues...