Charles Leclerc’s Luck Goes From Worse to Worst With Latest Ferrari F1 Announcement

Published 06/19/2022, 1:30 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during a press conference REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Charles Leclerc enjoyed a brilliant start to the 2022 campaign. The Monegasque won 2 of the first 3 races and put himself in a prime position in the title race. However, since then, things have started to fall apart as a string of unfortunate results have seen him drop down in the standings.

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The last race in Baku was more of the same, with Leclerc having to retire due to a power unit-related issue. The problems have followed him to Montreal, where the team deemed his power unit unusable.

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This means that Leclerc will incur multiple grid power unit-related penalties ahead of the race on Sunday.

Charles Leclerc faces a major uphill battle in Montreal

Charles Leclerc just cannot seem to catch a break in these last few rounds, as he is once again marred by misfortune. Leclerc was already set to take a 10-place grid penalty after Ferrari labeled his power unit from Baku “beyond repair”.

To make matters worse, Ferrari have decided to take a completely new power unit. This means that Leclerc will start the Canadian GP from the back of the grid.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 11, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates after winning pole position REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

This is far from ideal for the Monegasque, who is already 34 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen. He will face a tough ask in cutting through the field on Sunday. Leclerc would be looking only to minimize the damage this weekend as a victory looks out of reach.

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Leclerc currently sits P3 in the championship behind the Red Bull duo of Verstappen and Perez. He can see his championship hopes dwindle with each passing weekend. However, with half the season still to go, he would be hoping to stay in the fight till the very end.

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The fans all had their takes on the matter. Some remained hopeful of the 24-year-old working absolute wonders this weekend. Whereas some deemed the title race essentially finished. Some even went as far as to call Leclerc the ” unluckiest driver on the grid”.

However, some fans still remained optimistic about his chances this weekend.

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Although no one can predict what Sunday will bring. It is safe to say that it will not be an easy weekend for Ferrari and Leclerc. Charles will be hoping for this run of bad luck to end as he aims to keep his title chances alive.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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