“Why am I so unlucky?” – Charles Leclerc left devastated by the failed formation lap in Brazil

“Why am I so unlucky?”  – Charles Leclerc left devastated by the failed formation lap in Brazil

That was not the case for Charles Leclerc in Brazil, as the Ferrari driver suffered a mechanical failure on the formation lap that ultimately eliminated him from the race.

At the start, as he barreled into the barriers as he followed eventual race winner Max Verstappen around Interlagos, it looked as if Leclerc might recover back to the pits and be able to start the race – but he quickly parked his car in the escape lane with a motor. A case to go with his broken front wing and his wounded pride.

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It has been a desperate season for Ferrari, who were hoping to challenge Red Bull for the title, as they did in the early stages of last year. Instead, they have few pole positions and just one race win to their name for 2023, which was achieved by Leclerc’s teammate in Singapore.

Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2023: Drama before lights out as Leclerc crashes in formation lap

For the Monaco player, this latest failure was another blow in a very difficult season. Starting from second place on the grid and one of the few riders who still had some new soft tires in their locker, he was hoping to have a strong race. Instead, it all came crashing down before the lights even went out.

He said afterwards: “I entered Turn 6, and everything was fine, and then as you can see, I lost the steering wheel because there was no power steering anymore. The steering wheel felt very stiff, and then I go straight.”

“Then the engine stopped for safety reasons, locking up the rear wheels, which made me spin. Then I touched the wall, started the car again, drove 20 meters and then exactly the same thing happened. That’s it.”

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Leclerc’s pain was clearly visible, as the Monaco driver held his head in his hands in the cockpit. “Why **Am I so unlucky, why** Am I that unlucky? He repeated this over the radio to his race engineer, before exiting the cockpit and sitting against the wall, head bowed.

“I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know what to do anymore,” he said when speaking to the media while the race was still going.

“It’s been a season to forget, there were a fair number of races where I felt like I was in it, and then for one reason or another, the result wasn’t the result I wanted on Sunday and today is part of it, so of course.” Great frustration today.

“It’s like this now, I need to get over it and focus on the last two races which are still important. I can’t wait (for) it to be next year.

In the battle for second place in the Constructors’ Championship, Carlos Sainz at least edged out Mercedes in the race by coming home sixth ahead of Lewis Hamilton in eighth, meaning Ferrari trails the Silver Arrows by 20 points heading into the final two races of the season. Constructors’ Championship. the chapter.

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