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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc reacts to embarrassing accident at the Historic Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc has taken to social media after crashing one of Niki Lauda's classic Formula 1 cars on home soil in Monaco.

Charles Leclerc
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Charles Leclerc has rued his ongoing "bad luck" at his home circuit after he suffered an embarrassing crash at the Historic Monaco Grand Prix.

Leclerc was driving Niki Lauda's early-1970s Ferrari 312 when he lost control of the car at La Rascasse and slid into the barriers, causing major damage to the rear.

After pulling up on the pit straight, Leclerc made his way back to the paddock and swiftly took to social media to offer his reaction.

"When you thought you already had all the bad luck of the world in Monaco and you lose the brakes into Rascasse with one of the most iconic historical Ferrari Formula 1 [cars]," he wrote on Twitter, with upside-down face and pistol emojis.

Ferrari subsequently stated on their own social channels that Leclerc encountered a brake problem.

Leclerc's bad luck in Monaco

Leclerc has endured rotten luck in Monaco since making his first appearance there in GP2 machinery back in 2017, when he took pole position and controlled the early stages of the Feature Race, only for a botched pit-stop to force him into retirement.

Leclerc's first F1 outing at the track a year later also ended in disappointment, with a brake failure sending his Alfa Romeo into the back of Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso.

His appearances for Ferrari have been similarly challenging; in 2019, he dropped out in Q1 after a tyre mishap and suffered terminal crash damage in the race; while in 2021, he stormed to pole but hit the barriers on his final effort, causing gearbox damage that would prevent him from starting the main event.

The Monaco Grand Prix was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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