Charles Leclerc Has a Hilarious Response to Carlos Sainz-Lewis Hamilton F1 Coincidence

Published 05/28/2021, 9:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Carlos Sainz got a dream podium in Monaco for Ferrari. It was his third-ever podium in his F1 career. More importantly, it brought to light an interesting statistic that is common to all three of his career podium finishes. Even his teammate, Charles Leclerc, couldn’t ignore this co-incidence on social media.

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While Sainz was second in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton could only muster a 7th-place finish. On Sainz’s previous couple of podiums in Interlagos and Monza, Hamilton finished 7th, as well. But this wasn’t the only common theme as Leclerc clearly highlighted on Instagram.

On WTF1’s post about Hamilton’s Carlos curse, he commented – “And then there is me 3 Carlos’ podium —> 3 DNF.”

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It is because the Spaniard’s boom is not just Hamilton’s doom. Leclerc has suffered even more gravely as he hasn’t finished an F1 race when Sainz has stood on the Podium.

At the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, where Sainz recorded his first-ever podium, Leclerc crashed with Sebastian Vettel. Then at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, Leclerc hit the barriers on the entry of the Parabolica corner.

And we all know what happened in Monaco to the pole-sitter, as his car’s driveshaft mercilessly failed on his way to the grid.

This DNS must have hurt Leclerc deeply as he had his eyes set on an emotional victory at home. But it is good to see that he is looking at the funny side of it.

Charles Leclerc ‘not too harsh’ on himself over the missed opportunity in Monaco

The Monegasque has a track record of cussing himself whenever he makes a mistake on track. His “I am stupid” and “I did a sh*t job” rants have become a cult classic within the F1 community. Not anymore, though.

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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

“It has happened in the past and many times I’m very very harsh with myself, but if there was any time during the weekend where I had to push especially Q3 in Monaco, it’s part of the game. So yeah, you can always learn from it, but I am not too harsh on myself for that,” said Leclerc.

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Up next for the Ferrari driver comes Baku. With its street-track nature complementing their car, like in Monaco, Leclerc will be seeking redemption.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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