Immediately after the accident that saw him protagonist yesterday during some demonstration laps in the context of the Grand Prix Monaco Historique in Monte Carlo, Charles Leclerc explained that he had a problem under braking.
In approaching the Rascasse, the Monegasque lost control of the 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 with which he was on the track, ending up with the rear of the single-seater against the external protective barriers.
Some have questioned Charles’s version, assuming a driving error, but a photograph that Motorsport.com came into possession of confirms what the Monegasque driver said.
The Ferrari 312 B3 with Leclerc at the wheel: you can see pieces of pad flying on the asphalt
This is an image taken a few moments before the accident, while Leclerc was arriving at the Rascasse, and shows the left front brake pad that came out of the caliper and ended up on the asphalt, breaking into several pieces.
When Charles stepped on the brake pedal, he only grabbed the disc on the right front wheel, and spun and hit the barriers.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari 312 B3, against the barriers of the Rascasse
“When you think you have already had all the bad luck possible on the Monaco track – commented Leclerc – here you find yourself without brakes at the Rascasse at the wheel of one of the most iconic Formula 1 Ferraris ever”.
The 312 B3 that belonged to Niki Lauda suffered damage to the rear, and Charles seemed disappointed at the end of a show aimed only at greeting the large audience present in the stands.
At the same point on the track, in 2019 he was the protagonist of a contact with Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault that put an end to his comeback after starting from sixteenth position due to a strategy error in qualifying.