Tough weekend for the Monaco driver. After a confusion with his team during Saturday’s last qualifying session, Charles Leclerc saw his race come to a halt when he was collided with by Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin at Turn 3, starting to spin and ending in the gravel on the first lap.
If the Canadian Ferrari driver isn’t to blame, we can all be bitter after such a disastrous start to the season, to say the least. « I am not referring to Lance Because I think he had no choice once Fernando slowed the car the second time, and for me it was impossible to tell if Lance stayed behind Fernando or if he was in the middle… I obviously didn’t think he was there. “He explained to a reporter’s microphone after leaving the track.
“In turn three, I had no real intention of overtaking Lance. Then I saw he had to brake too early because of Fernando who braked too early. So I let go of the brake and went alongside Lance, and then Fernando had to brake some more – so Lance found himself in Penny. And between Fernando – And he could not turn around, and we communicated »Follow the Ferrari driver.
It really is Season 2 retirement for Charles Leclerc after Bahrain, where the electronic control system for his hybrid power unit linked to the engine failed mid-race. After this unit was replaced, second in space for the weekend, the Ferrari driver suffered a 10-place grid penalty in Jeddah, finishing seventh. Racing Score: 6 small points earned during these first 3 races, and a 9e position In the drivers classification, he is tied with Nico Hulkenberg.
“It’s very frustrating, This is the worst start to the season everReally…it’s really frustrating.”Locklear concluded.