WATCH: Charles Leclerc Mocks Technical Gaffe at Ferrari F1 During Hungary Free Practice

Published 07/30/2021, 8:44 AM 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


The cars have tested the track at Hungaroring and are back in the pits. As teams prepare for the next practice session, it looks like Ferrari wants to keep the broadcast going. In a technical faux pas, the team left Charles Leclerc’s onboard camera after he pitted mid-session.

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The well-angled camera showcased the chaos of the pitstop in all its glory. The camera also saw the little bobbing head of its driver as he played peek-a-boo with the viewers. Leclerc took advantage of the comical situation to entertain the fans at home.

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The hour-long session was a good one for the Monegasque as the timesheets placed him in 7th after 23 laps on the track. As the Scuderia are expecting to top the midfield this Sunday, the team made good laps with Sainz sitting in 4th.

Round 1 at Hungary for Charles Leclerc

The initial part of the practice session saw Leclerc run wide; this is reasonable as the track was used for a support race earlier. As a result, the track was still a little green, resulting in low grip at the outset. The rest of the session continued rather smoothly, barring a few spins from other drivers.

Ferrari performed well compared to their rivals in Orange, which may give them hope for a step or two on the podium this Sunday.

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While the track is suitable for the car, Carlos Sainz is confident with the technical turns of the circuit; Charles Leclerc labels them as his downfall. While there didn’t seem to be much of a problem during FP1, the same can’t be said for race day.

With FP2 starting soon, the scorching heat of Budapest is adding to the increased track temperature. This would almost mirror the conditions for the Qualifying tomorrow.

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As the cars are out once again, will there be more spins or more pit lane drama? If not, maybe Charles can come to play hide and seek again.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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