WATCH: Charles Leclerc Rues Bad Luck as Monaco GP Curse Strikes Again With Iconic Niki Lauda Ferrari

Published 05/15/2022, 9:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 20, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari’s precious possession, has been on the wrong side of luck of late. Even though the Monegasque had a brilliant start to the season, things gradually started falling off for him. As happened most recently in Monaco, when Charles crashed an iconic Ferrari car against the barrier.

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Leclerc went back to his hometown in Monte Carlo after a bittersweet Miami Grand Prix in the United States. The Ferrari driver was there to take a glance and drive the iconic Ferrari 312T with F1 great Jacky Ickx. The car is one of the rarest and high-priced possession that the Maranello-based team has under their belt.

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The 312T was driven by former F1 great Niki Lauda. Lauda even went on to win the championship with the car in 1975. They gave the 2022 championship leader the car for a spin around the streets of Monaco; unfortunately, Leclerc spun to crash into the wall.

Talking about the disastrous incident, the Scuderia Ferrari driver conveyed, “When you thought you already had all the bad luck of the world in Monaco and you lose the brakes into rascasse with one of the most iconic historical Ferrari Formula 1 car.”

Charles Leclerc & the Monaco Curse Continue

Monaco hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the 2022 world championship leader. Charles was on pole in the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. However, he couldn’t start his race due to a driveshaft issue.

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The Ferrari driver hit the barrier in Q3 which damaged his gearbox. However, the team engineers stated that the damage wasn’t severe. Later, they found the car couldn’t fire up because of the issue.

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Leclerc’s bad luck goes all the way back to his debut to the sport. Unfortunately, his home is indeed an unlucky place for the former Alfa Romeo driver. Astonishingly, Charles Leclerc has failed to finish the Monaco race in the last three times. However, having taken the hit already this season, it’s fingers crossed for the more important race in Monaco this season.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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