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Brawn: Impetuous Leclerc 'went too far' in Monaco recovery

  • Published on 29 May 2019 09:59
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ross Brawn believes Charles Leclerc went too far and paid a high price in his bid to recover from a disastrous qualifying session in Monaco.

Leclerc dropped out in Q1 on Saturday after Ferrari believed he was safe from the elimination zone. The 21-year-old started from P15 and made a number of early race overtakes.

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However, when he attempted to make his way past Nico Hulkenberg at Rascasse, Leclerc clipped the barrier which delivered him a puncture along with severe floor damage.

"Charles went too far and paid a high price for his impetuousness,” said Brawn.

“His reaction was understandable, however. It’s his home race and his first attempt at it with a front-running team. It was supposed to be a special moment but it ended only in disappointment."

The damage ultimately saw Leclerc retire from the Grand Prix, while teammate Sebastian Vettel went on to take P2.

Mercedes and Red Bull both quicker than Ferrari

The result from Vettel marks Ferrari's best of the year, but Brawn is confident that both Mercedes and Red Bull had a faster car than the Scuderia outfit in Monaco.

“It was a difficult weekend for Ferrari, although it ended with their best result of the year,” said Brawn.

“Vettel’s second place came at the end of a race in which he didn’t play a key role, sitting behind Verstappen throughout but unable to really worry the Dutchman.

“It reflected a weekend during which the Scuderia was the third strongest team. That was predictable given what we saw in Barcelona, where the car struggled, especially in the third sector of that track.

"The season seems to be getting away from the Maranello team, but it’s not the time to give up and it must learn from its mistakes if it wants to move forward.”

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  • The downforce woes continue at the Moronello.

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    • May 29 2019 - 11:11
  • I agree, he wanted to impress but ended up doing the opposite

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    • May 29 2019 - 11:21
  • f1ski

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    like the back half of the season last year ferrari can't find downforce and top speed. They should look at how Mercedes has favored gap over drag. Rear traction over front grip which give a car the best ability to race.

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    • May 29 2019 - 13:10
  • cricho

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    Its the teams fault he is in that situation in the first place. He did what he had to do ..... give it all or nothing. Thats racing. Thats charles.
    Ferrar have all the elements. But they dont have a team.....or a team leader. Should have kept Arribavenne!!

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    • May 30 2019 - 04:36

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