Local hero Charles Leclerc will not take part in today's Monaco Grand Prix after experiencing a gearbox issue while making his way to the grid.
The Monegasque driver came to a standstill, saying on the team radio, "No, no, no, no. The gearbox, guys." His retirement is likely the cause of the damage suffered from his accident where the Ferrari driver slammed into the barriers at the Swimming Pool complex while trying to improve his lap time during qualifying.
The Ferrari team tried to fix the issue in time for the start but have now confirmed the two-time Grand Prix winner will miss his home event.
This is the latest blow in a series of setbacks Leclerc has experienced in Monaco. The Ferrari man has failed to finish any of his previous races (in F2 or F1) at the principality.
While his grid slot will stay vacant it does open up the door for Max Verstappen and Mercedes man Valtteri Bottas to claim victory around what is considered F1's crown jewel.
This is a breaking development and we will keep you updated as and when we have more information.