Leclerc crashes Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312T at Monaco Historic
Between this season’s F1 races, Ferrari driver – and current leader of the Drivers’ Championship – Charles Leclerc took part in the iconic Monaco Historic Grand Prix earlier today, driving the ex-1974 Ferrari 312T of Nikki Lauda. Unfortunately, what must have been an incredibly special moment for Leclerc ended in embarrassment, as he spun the legendary Ferrari into the wall.
At Leclerc’s dump, the famous Rascasse corner was quite slippery, due to the oil and small debris that covered the road from previous accidents. You can see, as soon as he started braking in the corner, the rear end just came out and swung around him into the wall. There didn’t appear to be any major structural damage to the car, only the rear wing crumpled, but that was enough to end Leclerc’s day in Monaco.
Adding insult to injury, the commentators made a cheeky joke about, instead of dismantling the idea that young drivers can’t handle classic F1 cars, Leclerc has dismantled a classic F1 car. It’s hard not to feel bad for Leclerc. What was supposed to be an absolute childhood dream, especially as Leclerc was born and raised in Monaco, ended in embarrassing fashion. It’s also a shame because Leclerc wasn’t entirely at fault, given how slippery that section of the track was. Leclerc was understandably embarrassed by the accident and took to Twitter to express it.
Ironically, Leclerc was racing around Monaco with ex-Ferrari driver Jackie Ickx, who was driving his old 1972 Ferrari 312B2. After Leclerc brought his crashed Ferrari back to the starting grid, Ickx drove there too. Ickx walked up to Leclerc, put his arm around him, and the two exchanged seemingly kind words with each other, as they posed for a photo in front of Ickx’s 312B2.
All will be forgiven if Leclerc and Ferrari can maintain their lead in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship this season. There’s still a long season ahead of them, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen just beat Leclerc to victory in Miami last week, but he can reclaim the driver’s seat on May 22 for the Spanish Grand Prix.