Ferrari Formula 1 driver Chalres Leclerc crashed into one of the Ferrari F1 cars of three-time champion Nicki Lauda during a demonstration race at the historic Monaco 2022 Grand Prix on Sunday.
Leclerc was on the third wheel of a 1973 Ferrari 312B3 when, on suspicion of brake failure, he lost his rear end and pushed an old Formula One car into a wall at the famous La Roscas turn.
2022 Bahrain and Australian Grand Prix the winner set off again with some damage to the back, but soon stopped again after the car started to emit smoke. However, this coincided with the end of the ceremonial circles.
If you thought you already had all the failures of the world in Monaco and you lose the brakes in a rut with one of the most iconic historic Ferrari Formula 1 cars.
– Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) May 15, 2022
Leclerc later said on Twitter that he lost his brakes entering La Rascasse. This is the second serious humiliation for the Monegasque driver on his home track. Leclerc set a pole position at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix before crashing and missing the race due to car damage.
Former Ferrari F1 driver and six-time Le Mans winner Jack X on the earlier 312B rode with Leclerc on demonstration wheels. This is noteworthy because X left the Ferrari F1 team in mid-1973 season due to his dissatisfaction with the 312B3.
However, Ferrari continued to improve the car. Driven by Lauda and Clay Regatsoni, version 312B3-74, introduced in the 1974 season, took second place in the Formula One Designers Championship after McLaren. Lauda then won the first of his three champions in the 312B3-74 race the following season.
Leclerc also recently drove the Ferrari 312T ex-Gilles in Vilnius on the Fieran test track without incident, marking the 40th anniversary of the Canadian driver’s death. Currently, he is also leading in the standings of Formula 1 drivers, ahead of Max Ferstappen by 19 points. So Leclerc is not all bad.