Charles Leclerc Crashes at Monaco GP : Watch Ferrari Driver Punctures his Tyre in his home town Monaco as he tries to get past Renault’s Hulkenburg in the
Remember when we said Ferrari’s season from hell had continued into Monaco? This just in, Sunday proved to be no different and Charles Leclerc, who had been knocked out in Qualifying 1 yesterday and started the race in the 15th position (1 place up, due to Antonio Giovinazzi’s 5 place grid penalty) and had a tough task of overcoming some cars to get a few points in the race but there was no joy in the end for the Monegasque driver as he had to retire barely into the first quarter through the race.
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Monaco famously known for having narrow straights and very few opportunities for overtaking was always going to make this a tough race for hometown boy Leclerc, and left his best hopes for gaining places right at the start. The race start wasn’t very kind to Leclerc though as all the cars in front of him bunched up at Turn 2 and Leclerc had to veer into the pits exit lane and gained a couple of places through that, but had to give those back immediately to avoid a penalty.
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He followed that up with 2 good laps gaining two places going for it at the Rascasse, which is among the riskiest place to overtake, hence hardly any drivers try it, and hardly any of the drivers try hard to defend it. But Leclerc after managing to pull 2 perfect overtakes there finally ran into Hulkenberg trying to pull the same move once again, puncturing his rear right tyre and effectively ending his chances at finishing in the points. He also had to drag his car into the pit with his tyre tearing off across the entirety of the track. When he came out, there was a safety car out on the track due to the debris from the tyres and floor of Leclerc’s car.
Leclerc still rejoined and got to the back of the grid (unlapping himself under the safety car), but another accident in front of him between Antonio Giovinazzi and Robert Kubica that got the cars behind them (including Leclerc) stuck at the Rascasse, it was the final nail in the coffin and Ferrari decided there was no point in letting Leclerc continue to drive that far behind on a damaged car and they decided to retire him.
This is another in a series of unfortunate conditions for Charles Leclerc after his victory lost to an engine failure in Bahrain, followed by a poorly timed crash in Q2 at Baku where he had looked good for most of the weekend. Leclerc is a young superstar though and like Jenson Button said, you cant have the highs in F1 without having the lows. There is a bright future in there somewhere, Ferrari just need to stop blocking his path so much.