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Ferrari figures out cause of Leclerc's dramatic retirement in Monaco

Ferrari have confirmed that Charles Leclerc's pre-race retirement in Monte Carlo was triggered as a direct result of his qualfying crash.

Ferrari have confirmed that Charles Leclerc was unable to take part in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix as a result of damage he picked up in his qualifying crash. The Monegasque had taken provisional pole when he crashed into the barriers exiting the Swimming Pool complex, bringing out the red flags. Ferrari were satisfied that his gearbox had escaped damage, but Leclerc was forced out of the race as a result of the crash after a suspected driveshaft failure reared its head on his way to the grid. Ferrari have since confirmed to RacingNews365.com that the impact with the barriers sent the forces through the right hand driveshaft, before being transferred across the axle into the left hand driveshaft and into the hub, causing the failure. There was no visible damage, leading the team to take the decision not to replace the part. The part then did not fail until Leclerc took to the track with the driving forces going through it. A spokesperson confirmed that this occurence hasn't been seen before in such circumstances, and that this will now be an added consideration for future checks.

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