Charles Leclerc’s gearbox was not seriously damaged in his crash at the end of qualifying, Ferrari has said.
“An initial inspection of the gearbox in Charles Leclerc’s car has not revealed any serious damage,” said the team in a statement.
“Further checks will be carried out tomorrow, to decide if the same gearbox can be used in the race.”
Leclerc took pole position for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix but crashed on the final lap of qualifying. The driver admitted he was concerned his gearbox might have suffered damage and would need to be replaced, which would incur an automatic five-please grid drop.
Team principal Mattia Binotto said they would not “gamble” on leaving the unit in the car to avoid a penalty if they suspected it might fail.
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