Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Monaco, 2019

Leclerc fastest but faces investigation for speeding under VSC after Vettel crash

2019 Monaco Grand Prix third practice

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Charles Leclerc gave Ferrari some encouragement in an otherwise difficult final practice session for the team.

He ended the final hour of practice before qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix with the fastest time on a 1’11.265, a tenth of a second off Lewis Hamilton’s best time yesterday. He was aided by Ferrari pre-heating the car’s brakes to help optimise their tyre temperatures.

However Leclerc faces an investigation by the stewards over his driving during a Virtual Safety Car period. He has been summoned to the stewards for an “alleged breach of Article 40.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, failure to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU under the Virtual Safety Car”, according to the FIA.

The VSC was caused by his team mate Sebastian Vettel, who crashed at Sainte Devote. Vettel locked a wheel as he turned into the corner and skidded into the barrier, damaging the front-left corner of his car and leaving his team with a lengthy repair job to do ahead of qualifying.

Less than half a second covered the top five drivers. Valtteri Bottas led the Mercedes pair, a mere five-hundredths of a second slower than Leclerc.

Hamilton started the session slightly late as Mercedes completed a last-minute front set-up change to his car. He was just over a tenth of a second slower than his team mate, and only fractionally ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

A late effort by Antonio Giovinazzi put the Alfa Romeo driver into the ‘best of the rest’ spot, nine-tenths down on Leclerc. Daniil Kvyat also got his Toro Rosso within a second of the final practice pace-setter. Their team mates joined them in the top 10, along with Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.

Lance Stroll’s difficult weekend continued: He was only quicker than the Williams pair, went up the escape road at Sainte Devote and delayed Leclerc on one of his lap.

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Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
116Charles LeclercFerrari1’11.26526
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1’11.3180.05327
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’11.4780.21327
433Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’11.5390.27424
510Pierre GaslyRed Bull-Honda1’11.7380.47327
699Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’12.1700.90523
726Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’12.1940.92927
820Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’12.2701.00525
97Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’12.3081.04327
1023Alexander AlbonToro Rosso-Honda1’12.3381.07332
1127Nico HulkenbergRenault1’12.4891.22426
123Daniel RicciardoRenault1’12.5191.25426
138Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’12.5661.30127
145Sebastian VettelFerrari1’12.5831.3187
1555Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault1’12.8621.59729
164Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’12.9141.64926
1711Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’13.2321.96723
1818Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’13.6222.35721
1988Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’14.0862.82127
2063George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’14.3053.04027

Third practice visual gaps

Charles Leclerc – 1’11.265

+0.053 Valtteri Bottas – 1’11.318

+0.213 Lewis Hamilton – 1’11.478

+0.274 Max Verstappen – 1’11.539

+0.473 Pierre Gasly – 1’11.738

+0.905 Antonio Giovinazzi – 1’12.170

+0.929 Daniil Kvyat – 1’12.194

+1.005 Kevin Magnussen – 1’12.270

+1.043 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’12.308

+1.073 Alexander Albon – 1’12.338

+1.224 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’12.489

+1.254 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’12.519

+1.301 Romain Grosjean – 1’12.566

+1.318 Sebastian Vettel – 1’12.583

+1.597 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’12.862

+1.649 Lando Norris – 1’12.914

+1.967 Sergio Perez – 1’13.232

+2.357 Lance Stroll – 1’13.622

+2.821 Robert Kubica – 1’14.086

+3.040 George Russell – 1’14.305

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

PosDriverCarFP1FP2FP3Fri/Sat diffTotal laps
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’12.1061’11.1181’11.478+0.36113
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1’12.1781’11.1991’11.318+0.119116
3Charles LeclercFerrari1’12.4671’12.3501’11.265-1.08591
4Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1’12.1651’12.0521’11.539-0.51374
5Pierre GaslyRed Bull-Honda1’13.1701’11.9381’11.738-0.2105
6Sebastian VettelFerrari1’12.8231’11.8811’12.583+0.70283
7Alexander AlbonToro Rosso-Honda1’13.8271’12.0311’12.338+0.307126
8Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’13.4371’12.2391’12.170-0.069111
9Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1’13.2321’12.1741’12.270+0.096101
10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Honda1’13.7311’12.5771’12.194-0.383104
11Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1’13.3631’12.3421’12.308-0.034115
12Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’13.3791’12.3921’12.566+0.17499
13Lando NorrisMcLaren-Renault1’14.2781’12.3931’12.914+0.52190
14Carlos Sainz JnrMcLaren-Renault2’00.6701’12.4191’12.862+0.44378
15Nico HulkenbergRenault1’13.2271’12.8721’12.489-0.383118
16Daniel RicciardoRenault1’13.4131’12.8881’12.519-0.369119
17Sergio PerezRacing Point-Mercedes1’14.5661’12.7521’13.232+0.48105
18Lance StrollRacing Point-Mercedes1’16.1351’14.5581’13.622-0.93696
19Robert KubicaWilliams-Mercedes1’15.5141’15.1461’14.086-1.0695
20George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1’15.1151’15.0521’14.305-0.747102

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18 comments on “Leclerc fastest but faces investigation for speeding under VSC after Vettel crash”

  1. Geez, the bad luck continues at Ferrari

    1. Bad luck? Vettel made a mistake, that’s not bad luck – it’s an error.

      And if LeClerc is penalised, that’s because he made an error. Also not bad luck.

      Unreliability? Bad luck. To err is human, it isn’t bad luck.

      1. @sham
        Surely then unreliability isn’t bad luck either? A drain cover destroying your car a la Russell in Baku is bad luck.

        1. Perhaps, but I guess it depends on the cause of the failure.

          Most things have a human element, but if it’s indirect, it tends to be cashed bad luck.

          Ferraris woes are directly human related.

          1. Cashed is an epic autocorrect failure of “called”

      2. I got my wording wrong, I should’ve said “misery” instead of “bad luck”. Obviously it was the driver’s fault in this instance.

        My bad. English ain’t my first language.

    2. There is no such thing as bad luck its just outcome of wrong decision. In case of Limping horses they decided to back a driver who is addicted to brainfarts and rookie who seems to make rookie mistakes.

      1. I don’t see anything wrong with calling drivers’ or engineers’ or mechanics’ or strategists’ etc mistakes or misfortunes bad luck in a generic sort of way. It is still bad luck for the team if something didn’t go according to plan when that was the last thing they needed.

        1. I really dont subscribe to concept of luck there is a deliberate decision made and action taken on that decision leading upto its outcome which on outside looks like luck. If it works then good luck else bad luck if it fails.

  2. I feel like Williams should use last year’s car, and modify it to this year’s specs. Last year they did a 1:12.8 in fp3, this year with what most regard as better drivers 1:14.0. It won’t be talked about much, but this weekend is showing that kubica has not lost his talent and is not handicapped to race at any f1 track, this was the big test especially the haipin, matched Russel in fp1 and fp2 and 2 tenths faster in fp3. He was always good at Monaco, beating Hamilton et Al in karting, Monaco Cup, and the 2010 race weekend was senna esque, putting a 4th best car on 2nd position and outqualifying his teammate by 1.4 seconds. I hope he has a good rest of the weekend in this terrible car. No updates since pre season testing, only Monaco specific adjustments this weekend, I don’t get it because Williams Has money.

    1. No, Williams doesn’t have enough money, and money is no guarantee either. If it was, Ferrari would win every year. Williams hasn’t enough of the right people nor the ability to react and develop quickly enough. Also this year’s tires are trickier than ever and they were already struggling to make tires work to their optimum last year. Williams have several major problems going on all at once, and lack of funds is only one of them.

  3. Panagiotis Papatheodorou (@panagiotism-papatheodorou)
    25th May 2019, 12:30

    Ferrari has been having an abysmal weekend.

  4. What is Leclerc risking? Starting from the back or just losing a mere couple of spots on the grid?

    1. Either a reprimand or 3 place grid penalty.

      1. Reprimand seems more likely.

  5. M.S. (@gentlemanfromwoking)
    25th May 2019, 12:55

    I’m not sure why McLaren keeps relying on Ferrari’s solution of the front wing. They are clearly losing in terms of downforce and if they do not improve rapidly in the qualifying, they can write the Monaco off.

  6. Adub Smallblock
    25th May 2019, 13:18

    Ferrari has been backing the wrong horse. Wonder if they will stick with that decision as they have with the front wing concept?

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