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Brazilian Grand Prix 2023

Leclerc out of Brazilian GP on formation lap; red flag for start chaos

The Ferrari crashed on the formation lap as a first lap Safety Car was also deployed at Interlagos and then a red flag.

Charles Leclerc crashed out of the São Paulo Grand Prix on the formation lap after an apparent hydraulic failure on his Ferrari.

From second on the grid, Leclerc lost control of his SF-23 at Turn 6 and hit the barriers, taking away his chances before the race had even begun.

"I lost the hydraulics. I lost the hydraulics. Why am I so unlucky, why the f**k am I so unlucky?" questioned Leclerc on team radio.

Despite getting going again, the Ferrari soon pulled off as the race then started without any extra delay.

Red flag for start crash

At the start, Williams' Alex Albon made contact with Nico Hulkenberg's Haas, tipping the Thai-Briton into his team-mate Kevin Magnussen at Turn 1.

Both Albon and Magnussen were out on the spot, with Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri also suffering damage to their cars and were apparently out of the race.

Moments later, the red flags were shown for the debris, allowing AlphaTauri and McLaren time to try and fix their respective cars.

Up front, Max Verstappen maintained the lead with Lando Norris making up four places and Lewis Hamilton two, while Lance Stroll dropped from third to fifth, behind Aston Martin teammate Fernando Alonso.

F1 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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