What was set to be a special day for Charles Leclerc did not go to plan after he crashed Niki Lauda’s legendary £1million 1974 Ferrari while driving through Monaco
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Charles Leclerc crashed Niki Lauda’s iconic 1974 £1million Ferrari after driving it at the Monaco circuit. The day was to be a special one for the Monacon star, who drove around his hometown in one of his heroes’ cars.
The memorable moment soon turned sour as the 24-year-old lost control of Lauda’s iconic car and crashed into the sidewall of the track. Leclerc has had a superb start to the 2022 season, with the Ferrari man currently leading the Drivers’ Championship by 19 points.
However, his hot form in Ferrari’s modern car clearly didn’t translate to driving one of their traditional models, leaving the 24-year-old embarrassed.
Leclerc’s drive around the Monaco circuit appeared to be leisurely in the £1million classic car, but his exhibition drive soon turned into a nightmare. Approaching the La Rascasse corner, the Monacaner lost control after the 48-year-old car suffered a braking failure.
This caused the Ferrari man’s rear to spin, causing him to crash into the wall that runs down the side of the iconic track. A stunned Leclerc then paused for a moment before backing out of the chaos and attempting to ski down the rest of the track.
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The damage was done, however, as the rear wing became severely restricted, causing it to drag over the rear wheel as it struggled to restart its lap. This isn’t the first nightmare crash Leclerc has had at his home circuit, having suffered a crash in qualifying last year that forced him out of the race when pole position looked certain.
Following his crash in Lauda’s historic car, the Monakan tweeted: “When you thought you had all the bad luck in the world in Monaco and lost your brakes at Rascasse with one of the most iconic historic Ferrari Formula 1 cars. ”
The famous car was fielded by Lauda in 1974 and that year helped him win the Spanish Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix en route to fourth place in the standings. This isn’t the first time the vehicle has crashed, having done just that by Jean Alesi at the same event as Leclerc’s nightmare last year.
Leclerc will look to avenge his misfortune at the home circuit this season when he and the rest of the Formula One cohort return to Monaco on May 29 for one of the sport’s most iconic races.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/charles-leclerc-niki-lauder-crash-26971165 Charles Leclerc crashes Niki Lauda's iconic 1974 £1million Ferrari into a brick wall in Monaco