CHARLES LECLERC has thrown away a podium on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after making a mistake within the closing levels.
Charles Leclerc misplaced management with a handful of laps to go (Picture: Twitter / F1)
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Charles Leclerc crashed within the closing levels of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to throw away a P3 end in an enormous turning level within the championship hunt. Leclerc was mendacity in third behind the Crimson Bull of Sergio Perez however was closing on his recent tender tyres.
In an try to seek out the Mexican, Leclerc took an excessive amount of kerb into the doorway of the Varianta Alta which chucked his automobile sideways into the wall. It initially appeared that the Ferrari star had suffered terminal harm however ultimately he recovered and solely required a wing change.
He returned to the monitor in ninth place however threw away an nearly assured 15 factors regardless of ending P6. Talking on group radio after the race, Leclerc mentioned: “Sorry guys. Sorry. Argh.” His race engineer merely responded ‘we be taught from this’.
Leclerc was working comfortably behind Perez with 13 laps remaining however was the primary to pit for recent softs in a bid to place strain on the Crimson Bull’s and try the quickest lap. He was adopted by Perez and Max Verstappen a lap later however Leclerc was in a position to shut the hole barely.
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Charles Leclerc appeared distraught after the race (Picture: F1TV)
Leclerc’s crash got here simply a few laps after his cease which meant his large hole to fourth was tremendously lowered. It meant he dropped additional down the sphere than he would have accomplished had he crashed earlier than his cease.
After the incident Leclerc requested whether or not his automobile had any additional harm however was reassured he was nonetheless in a position to push. Within the closing levels, he managed to go Kevin Magnussen, Sebastian Vettel and Yuki Tsunoda to safe sixth.
Leclerc got here out in ninth however got here again to sixth within the closing levels (Picture: Getty)
It was a day to neglect for Ferrari after Carlos Sainz crashed out on the opening lap of the race. He made contact with the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo at Tamburello which spun the Spaniard into the gravel.
Championship rival Max Verstapepn gained the race which means Leclerc’s large benefit over the Dutchman has been lower to only 27 factors. Leclerc’s late incident additionally promoted McLaren’s Lando Norris to 3rd place to safe a podium.
The unhealthy afternoon for the Scuderia has additionally modified the image within the constructors’ standings with Ferrari’s benefit lower from 48 factors forward of the race to only 11.