Charles Leclerc Heavily Critical of ‘Bowling Game’ After Start Carnage at Hungarian GP

Published 08/01/2021, 1:34 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga


In what turned out to be one of the most eventful races F1 has had in a long time, a crazy start to the Hungarian Grand Prix witnessed one mistake taking four cars out of the race at once. The mistake made by Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll meant that many drivers, including Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, were out of the race.

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Unhappy with the first lap incident, Leclerc took to Twitter to expresses his frustration after yet another DNF this season.

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The Ferrari driver compares the first lap to a ‘bowling game’

The Ferrari of Leclerc made a super start as he made quite a few positions up the field. However, he ended up being nothing but a passenger on the grid when a sliding Aston Martin with Stroll behind the wheel hit the side of the Ferrari; the crash took the Monegasque out of the race instantly.

” Nice bowling game. So frustrating,” said Leclerc.

Lance drove into me in the middle of the corner: Charles Leclerc

Charles in his post-race interview criticized Aston Martin for his driving. He also mentioned that he was a sitting duck and could do nothing to avoid the incident.

“I don’t know what to say. I mean, in most of the incidents, I can understand whenever there are different views about incidents, but I think today I think is very clear,” said Charles.

I was in my corner and Lance drove into me in the middle of the corner, coming out from nowhere. So it’s hugely frustrating because I know it was an opportunity today.

“I went quite easy at the beginning just trying to stay in my position and make our own race later on. And to finish like this is just s***, “ said Leclerc while recalling the whole incident.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Florion Goga

Such a race result is bound to be disappointing, especially after his Silverstone outing, where he led the race for over 50 laps, only to lose the lead to Hamilton with a handful of laps to go.

However, Leclerc and Co. now have the summer break to re-motivate themselves and come back stronger at the Belgian GP.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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