Ferrari has released a statement explaining that Charles Leclerc’s formation lap incident was caused by a “loss of hydraulic supply”, meaning he could do nothing to avoid hitting the barriers.
The Monegasque driver was due to start the race from the front row alongside pole sitter and eventual race winner Max Verstappen, but did not get the chance to see the green lights come on.
Leclerc was making his way around Ferradura corner on the formation lap when he lost control of his SF-23, spinning into the barriers and out of the race in a shocking turn of events.
Ferrari has since explained the cause of the incident and took to X’s social media platform to explain: “During the formation lap, Charles had a problem with one of our car systems which led to the loss of hydraulic supply, which meant that he has no power. steering and no gearbox command.
“Unfortunately, this meant that there was nothing he could do to control the car and avoid spinning into the wall. After three long weeks, we will recharge and put our vision on a strong finish to the 2023 season.”
There wasn’t much to celebrate on the other side of the Ferrari garage either. Carlos Sainz could only manage a P6 finish, finishing ten seconds adrift of fifth-placed Lance Stroll and a worrying 50 seconds adrift of race winner Verstappen.
This was a great opportunity for the Scuderia on the weekend which provided a great opportunity to close the gap to Mercedes. The Silver Arrows scored just four points on Sunday but remain 20 clear in the Builder’s Championship standings.
Leclerc elaborated on his view of the race-ending incident Sky Sports F1explaining: “When I lost the steering wheel, I basically went straight because I had no hydraulics left.
“I don’t think it’s a hydraulic problem. I mean, I know what it is. I can’t go into much detail. Then there was an engine thing that made me lock up the rear wheels and then of course I spun and hit the wall. I couldn’t do anything.”
Sainz was also frustrated with the technical aspects of his Ferrari. He went on the team radio during the race to say: “Hopefully we’ll put this clutch in place as soon as we’re back in Maranello.”
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