The Ferrari team explained why Charles Leclerc had to retire this Sunday at the Spanish Grand Prix, the sixth round of the F1 world championship.
The Monegasque’s car suffered a power cut when it passed over a rumblestrip, causing the engine to stop abruptly and forcing Leclerc to stop in the middle of the track.
With the Ferrari engine at a standstill, Charles Leclerc was about to get out of the car and began to remove his harness, but in a final attempt, the SF1000 power unit finally restarted.
Charles Leclerc was back on the track, but the Monegasque was no longer strapped in his car and had to return to his pit at low speed to get help from the mechanics. At that point, however, his race was compromised and the team decided to keep the car in the garage.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t finish the race today. I think we would have had a good chance to finish around sixth or even better. “said Charles Leclerc after the race.
“With the Soft, we were pretty competitive and we were fast with the Mediums, which unfortunately we couldn’t show completely because of the traffic. ” explains Leclerc,
“My strategy involved one pit stop, and it went pretty well. Unfortunately, towards the middle of the race we had a problem.
“Suddenly, my screen went off and the engine and the rear wheels stopped. We still don’t know exactly what happened and we are looking for the causes.
“The car finally started up again, but it was already too late to continue my race because I had unfastened my seatbelts and had to return to the pits. ”