“This is So Unfair” – Furious Carlos Sainz Reacts to Charles Leclerc’s Late Crash

Published 05/22/2021, 11:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


During the last 30 second of the qualifying session for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, the provisional pole sitter, Charles Leclerc, had a crash. Around that time, all of the drivers were trying to get their final lap to gun for pole, so the red flag was a bitter blow. Aside from Leclerc, who would have been kicking himself, teammate Carlos Sainz was furious.

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He screamed over the radio, “I cannot believe it! I cannot believe it! Noooo! This is so unfair. I’m sorry guys, but this is unfair. I hope he’s okay at least. F***ing Perez also! Where should I park, at least, tell me?”

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Admittedly, the Leclerc crash would have reminded people of Michael Schumacher and Max Verstappen’s crashes. The Monegasque’s ill fate mirrored Verstappen’s 2019 qualifying accident; the Dutchman turned his car a touch too early during the qualifying session at the exact same corner.

Meanwhile, Schumacher infamously parked his car at Rascasse, preventing other drivers from setting fast laps. Of course, the FIA was not impressed with his stunt and relegated him to the back of the grid. In a twist of irony, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen also happened to park at Rascasse in different years, and both were in a Ferrari. Of course, both of their respective reasons for stopping were genuine.

Carlos Sainz has it all to do from fourth on the grid

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The final qualifying results saw Leclerc on pole ahead of Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. Meanwhile, Sainz lines up in fourth place on the grid alongside the Finn’s Mercedes. However, it is worth mentioning that there is a chance of gearbox damage for the local hero, which could incur a five-place grid penalty.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

If that happens, Verstappen will inherit pole, with Bottas alongside him. Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris would share the second row, ahead of Pierre Gasly and Leclerc himself. Meanwhile, a frustrated Lewis Hamilton starts in a disappointing seventh, ahead of former title rival, Sebastian Vettel. Finally, a disappointed Sergio Perez starts in eighth, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi in the Alfa Romeo.

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