Ferrari have concluded Charles Leclerc’s retirement from the Monaco Grand Prix was caused by the damage he sustained in his crash during qualifying for the race.
A Ferrari spokesperson confirmed to RaceFans there was no visible damage to the part following the crash, which led to the team’s decision not to replace it.
The team believe that when Leclerc hit the barrier with the right-hand side of his car, the force of the impact was transmitted to the left-hand side hub, causing damage which was not visible to them externally.
The failure did not develop until after Leclerc left the pits on his reconnaissance lap prior to the start of the race. According to the spokesperson, the team had not previously experienced a failure of this type with the SF-21.
The team’s concerns originally focused on the car’s gearbox, which they chose not to replace. While the team could use the same gearbox for Leclerc at the next race in Azerbaijan, his failure to start means they can fit a fresh unit without incurring a penalty.
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