Brundle Explains Leclerc’s Presence at Ferrari Podium Celebrations Despite Monaco Heartbreak

Published 05/26/2021, 5:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with Prince Albert II of Monaco with before the race Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


It was a rollercoaster weekend for Charles Leclerc at his home Grand Prix in Monaco, falling from hero to zero in a span of less than a day. After securing his pole position at Monte Carlo, the Monegasque failed to start the race, as his Ferrari encountered an issue with the rear driveshaft.

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What followed was a painful 90 minutes for Leclerc, as he had to watch the race from his garage. And as the checkered flag waved over the Grand Prix, it was time for podium celebrations, with Leclerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz, part of it as well, having secured P2.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Interestingly, amidst the sea of Reds on the parc ferme stood the pole-sitter, Leclerc, who watched the entire celebration with pain. But why would he do that?

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Well, Martin Brundle has a theory to it. The former F1 driver opined that Leclerc likes to berate himself after delivering an awful result.

And this time, he had missed out on a potential race win. Hence, he was never going to let go of it, and rather embraced the agony by watching Verstappen lift the trophy that should have been his.

To make sure he doesn’t ever make that mistake at Ferrari: Brundle

Speaking to Sky Sport, Brundle reckoned Leclerc was part of the podium celebrations to make sure that he never repeats this mistake in the future.

Charles can turn some sensational laps but also continues to be prone to the occasional sizeable mistake. And this one really hurt.

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He likes to openly berate himself. And so I suspect he stood underneath the podium celebrations with his mechanics for the entire procedure, which included his team-mate, Carlos Sainz, to make sure he doesn’t ever make that mistake again.

Ferrari delivered a strong start to the weekend, keeping themselves quite close to the big guns, Mercedes and Red Bull. Consequently, hopes were soaring high for the Maranello outfit, and a pole position and a race win didn’t seem too far-fetched.

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So, although the ultimate results did not go the way Ferrari would have hoped for, these are incredible signs for the entire team. With a long season ahead, Ferrari could finally re-ignite their form after the disappointing 2020 spree. But will they? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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