Ferrari will not take a gamble with Charles Leclerc’s gearbox following his crash in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, team principal Mattia Binotto has said.
Binotto said he has “no idea” at this stage how serious the damage to Leclerc’s gearbox is. “The mechanics and engineers now are checking Charles’ gearbox and Charles’ chassis. I think that within a couple of hours, we’ll have clarity on that, but for the moment, I don’t think there is anything else.”
However he made it clear that if they have any doubts over its condition, they will not hesitate to fit a replacement, even if it means starting from sixth position instead of pole.
“We will not gamble,” said Binotto. “What’s important after such a quali is to try to maximise the number of points for the championship.
“We need to finish the race, so reliability is key. Reliability remains the priority. So if we have any doubts, we will certainly change and fix.”
He admitted the team had mixed feelings over the outcome of qualifying because the crash cost Carlos Sainz Jnr the chance to qualify higher on the grid.
“It’s always a shame, crashing a car that’s first,” he said. “Disappointed as well as. I think the entire team was somewhat disappointed, not [just] for the crash, certainly not for the pole, [but] because we believe that Carlos could have done better overall.
“We felt that could have been the case, so as team, we could have done even maybe better today. And so we feel a bit disappointed with that.”
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