Charles Leclerc’s anger at ‘unacceptable’ Miami qualifying crash

Sam Cooper
Charles Leclerc removing his helmet. Miami, May 2023.

Charles Leclerc removing his helmet. Miami, May 2023.

Charles Leclerc described his mistake as “unacceptable” as his crash into the barriers brought an early end to qualifying in Miami.

Leclerc was in with a chance for pole when he suddenly ruined not only his lap but every other driver’s on the grid. The Ferrari man went into Turn 7 with too much speed and as a result, his back end spun round and he was helpless as his rear wing crashed into the barrier.

It was a move that would have consequences throughout the top 10 leaving the likes of Max Verstappen stranded in P9 while Kevin Magnussen will start P4.

Leclerc, who starts P7, described his mistake as “unacceptable” and one he has made too many times before.

“It was unacceptable,” he told Sky Sports F1. “It was the same mistake in the same corner [so I am] really disappointed with myself.

“You can always find excuses in those situations: the wind was really strong, it was really tricky. The setup of the car was really tricky also but I put myself in this condition.

“I wanted the setup and I knew it would be tricky, but I thought I will be able to extract the maximum out of the car in Q3, which is normally one of my strong points.

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“I know also that I’m taking more risks than others probably in Q3 and that’s why most of the time I’m doing good Q3s but this is too much and again, very disappointed with myself. I did the same mistake yesterday and this shouldn’t happen.

“Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow. We are starting seventh. Weather looks to be quite tricky, so hopefully we will have a clean race and be able to come back into form.”

Leclerc was then asked if he put too much pressure on himself but he disagreed and suggested it normally pays dividends for him.

“I don’t think so again because it’s paying off most of the time,” he retorted, “but this weekend I did too much and I cannot hide my disappointment.

“The Aston looks strong with their race pace so I don’t know exactly where we are going to be, but a podium will be a really good finish tomorrow considering our race pace.”