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Fate may be cynical and baroque: unbelievable, but true, Charles Leclerc’s career was ruined by Max Verstappen! The world champion detached the visor from his helmet and blocked the air intake of the right front brake of Monegasque’s Ferrari.
Video images of the first lap of the Formula 1 Belgian GP leave no room for doubt: the F1-75 The brakes suffered overheating and Leclerc was forced to re-enter the pit lane, which prevented cooling of the corner and was forced to replace the tyres, but by then the race was compromised. was done because he ended up at the back of the pack when he tried to come back by adding new elements to his power unit.
Charles Leclerc was right behind red bull de Verstappen And Monegasque was hoping to start a comeback from 15th which could have been similar to what had put the Dutchman in the lead after only 12 laps.
Obviously, this was not the case and, given the level of competition of Prancing Horse, it is unlikely that Leclerc could keep up with the world leader, but he could have made the race less difficult and troubled.
Overheating not only caught fire in the brakes, but also burned out some of the sensors. To prevent the car from running into trouble, Monegasque was asked to switch to a recovery system that would isolate the faulty sensor, allowing the car to continue racing without the full effectiveness of electronic controls.
It took its toll at the final pit stop when Leclerc exceeded the speed limit.
“It was not Charles’ fault”, explained Binotto, “with the electronic controls in recovery, it may happen that the reading of the data is not correct: up to 80.9 km/h for the FIA you are in order, but we do ! We just went over 0.1 km/h!
Whoever said that the “little prince” was terribly wrong was wrong: the driver had nothing to do with it.
And after images were retrieved from the car’s camera, it became clear that the visor blocking the Ferrari’s air intake belonged to Max Verstappen. There was much confusion in the pack after Lewis Hamilton’s accident as drivers kept their wheels on the grass and gravel, so the Dutchman was not the only one to break a visor before reaching Blanchimont.