Huge Leclerc crash red flags Italian Grand Prix

Date published: September 6 2020

Charles Leclerc was thankfully unhurt after a huge crash that caused the Italian Grand Prix to be red flagged.

Coming out of the Parabolica, Leclerc lost the back end of his SF1000 as he stepped on the throttle.

From there he slid through the gravel and straight to the scene of the accident as Leclerc’s Ferrari ploughed into the tyre barriers.

Leclerc thankfully climbed out of his car and quickly left the scene, but the race was red flagged due to the damage to the tyre barriers and the debris on-track.

It was the first time since 1995 that the Italian Grand Prix at Monza had seen a red flag in the race.

The incident completed a miserable home race weekend for Ferrari after Sebastian Vettel had retired from the Italian Grand Prix earlier on.

Vettel was running in P17 on Lap 6 and had the Williams of George Russell hunting him down.

The four-time World Champion was then told over team radio that there was an issue with the rear-left of the car.

That issue turned out to be the brakes which had exploded on the run up to the Parabolica.

Vettel confirmed it was a brake failure and would go straight on at Turn 1, taking out the polystyrene.

From there Vettel managed to crawl back to the pits and retire from the race as his Ferrari misery continues.

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