Nicholas Latifi has revealed why he crashed during the formation lap before the beginning of the Monaco Grand Prix, admitting that it wasn’t his fault he hit the barrier.
The Sunday of the Monaco GP was one of the wettest in the race’s history, with the race being pushed back by over an hour because of it. But, with the race about to begin for the first time, Latifi managed to hit the barrier at the Fairmont hairpin during a formation lap of the track before the cars were eventually taken back to the pits thanks to the sheer amount of water.
The Canadian racing driver managed to reverse out of the hit before he ended back at the pits for a front wing replacement.
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Why Did Latifi Crash During The Monaco GP?
The driver believes it wasn’t his fault, blaming random acceleration from the car.
“The throttle didn’t get stuck but it was like the throttle got stuck, I got drive all of a sudden once I started to turn. It was very, very strange,” Latifi said.
“Something went wrong there, I know I didn’t do anything wrong there.
“You are pretty much stopped in that corner anyway so that was obviously unfortunate because of the damage and then just being off-sequence before the start of the race.”
He didn’t worry about this issue during the race, but admitted that it did surprise him during the formation lap:
“I know it wasn’t the throttle pedal itself,” he continued.
“But there was something that gave drive to the engine so whatever that was, I started to get some pushing from the engine.
“I wasn’t worried the pedal was going to do that again because it wasn’t the pedal in the first place.
“But it was very strange and surprising at the same time and I was kind of already going so slow there, I was just a passenger at that point – the car is driving forward and I am not on the gas so I don’t know what is happening here.”
Latifi ended the Monaco GP in P15 after some sparring with Zhou Guanyu of Alfa Romeo, making this race his 17th race with no points. He currently sits in 21st place in the Driver Standings.