Charles Leclerc Confesses Needing a ‘Few Days’ to Recover from Monaco Heartbreak

Published 05/24/2021, 10:13 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


When Charles Leclerc grabbed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, many were ecstatic. He was the home hero last weekend and it would have been a dream come true for the fans. Unfortunately, fate decided to be cruel and the pole-sitter was forced to drop out due to a drive-shaft failure.

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While speaking to Sky Sports after his retirement, Leclerc admitted that something went wrong on the way to the grid and it was impossible to fix it before the race start. Whatever the reason might’ve been, the bottom line was that Leclerc was not going to start the race. As a result, the local favorite was reduced to an unwilling spectator.

What did Charles Leclerc say?

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“I feel so much sadness, I was very emotional in the car when I realized what had happened” said Leclerc.

“It’s difficult, too bad for the mechanics who worked so hard and were confident. It doesn’t seem to be gearbox problems, but we don’t know what it is. I’m sad, I will need a few days to get better.

“We checked all the pieces were in place. We have to see what he gave in. I think it’s connected to the incident on Saturday, but we must check. I don’t know what the cause was.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates pole position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The Ferrari driver acknowledged that he made a mistake in qualifying. Despite that, he had the speed to put the car on pole position. He knew that the other drivers in the Top 10 were strong, but Leclerc pushed his car to the limit. Meanwhile, when the fateful second lap arrived, he pushed a little too hard, and the wall was very unforgiving.

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“In the second lap launched I pushed too hard and went to the wall. I gave everything, in Munich it happens. Mistakes happen, we need to figure out what happened.”

Now, all he can do is sit and rue what could have been. In addition to that, he will be eager to redeem himself at the next race in Azerbaijan. Also joining him on that train of thought, will be the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

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