Charles Leclerc issues heartfelt apology to Ferrari mechanics after scary crash in FP2

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc was fortunate to avoid any injury at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Friday evening. Leclerc suffered a big shunt into the wall in FP2 and the 24-year-old has issued a statement to apologise to his team for the mishap.

The Monaco-born driver currently sits in sixth in the Drivers’ Championship standings, within touching distance of Lando Norris in the race for fifth place.

He has the chance to make ground at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah this weekend.

But in the final moments of second practice in preparation for Sunday’s race, Leclerc lost control of the rear of his car before hitting the barrier at full pace.

His car was almost completely obliterated on Turns 21 and 22, giving him no chance of completing the session after the rear of the car smacked into the wall at high speed.

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Charles Leclerc issues heartfelt apology to Ferrari mechanics after scary crash in FP2
© GETTY Leclerc

Luckily, he escaped unharmed – but the Ferrari driver has told his team he is sorry for the incident.

“A day that unfortunately did not end up the way we would have wanted,” Leclerc said on F1’s official website.

“On the upside, we ran through our planned programme and completed all the tests we wanted to in our two sessions. The potential is there and if we can put it all together tomorrow, we should have a good day.

“I am sorry for the team who will have to put in a lot of work to have the car ready tomorrow, and I will do everything I can to bring home the best possible result to thank them.

“I really liked the track itself and I’d say that the best part to drive is around the high-speed section. It is however unforgiving and there is no room for any mistakes.

“The most challenging part is getting into the right rhythm with all the blind corners there are. But, as soon as you do, it’s even more exciting to drive.

“The grip was better than I expected, and everyone working at the track did a great job in cleaning it up and making it significantly less dusty than it was yesterday.

“What was peculiar was the track evolution, which was different to what we usually see at city circuits.


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Charles Leclerc issues heartfelt apology to Ferrari mechanics after scary crash in FP2
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“Tomorrow, it will be key to go out at the right time in qualifying and get a clean lap by avoiding traffic, as the track is very narrow.”

Leclerc will have the chance to redeem himself in qualifying in Saudi Arabia on Saturday if Ferrari can fix his car in time.

This weekend’s race is the penultimate event of the year before the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next Sunday.

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