Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) will not start on Sunday due to a technical problem in the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco, the fifth World Cup round of the season. His team announced this just before the start of the race.
The Monegask drove the fastest qualifying time in his home race on Saturday, but crashed his Ferrari against the guardrails in the closing seconds of the session. Among other things, the right front wheel of the car broke off. The Italian team feared that the gearbox would also be damaged, but inspection by the mechanics did not reveal any “visible defects”. If the gearbox had to be replaced, Leclerc would have been five places back on the starting grid as a punishment.
Ferrari decided to take the gamble, but Leclerc soon noticed on the circuit that there were indeed problems. “No no no no. The gearbox, guys, ”said Leclerc over the on-board radio. The Monegask briefly covered the visor of his helmet.
The pole therefore went to the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull).