Charles Leclerc has crashed Niki Lauda’s Ferrari F1 car during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix weekend, and while fans were happy to see that it was only a small shunt and that the Monégasque driver was safe, many have lashed out at the reasoning behind the incident.
“I lost the brakes. I lost the brakes!” Leclerc said when he reached the pit straight according to ex-F1 driver Jacky Ickx.
“I braked, the pedal was hard, and it went to the floor.
“I was lucky to have it at that moment, because if I had had it at another place, it was no good… the problem is that I got scared. I arrived normally in the corner.”
Here are the best fan reactions from the incident. While some are more than understanding, some weren’t so forgiving.
Leclerc crashes in Monaco 💥
— Autosport (@autosport) May 15, 2022
“That tells you how easy it is to drive F1 cars nowadays,” one Twitter user said on the crash. “Drivers today are not even close in terms of skills compared to past drivers.”
“Just maybe it’s because of failing brakes, which has been confirmed by Ferrari,” they noted. “Sometimes brakes fail, it happens. But just to prove yourself right, if the new cars are so easy to drive, go and set a representative lap time somewhere in an f1 car.”
Another added that they’re enjoying the fact that these cars are being used compared to the modern cars:
“No worries at all. Just great to see these cars being used rather than the rubbish they race at the moment,” they wrote. “I take more issue with Charles’ name being sharpie penned in block letters to the side of the car to be honest…”
One fan noted the size difference between the 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 and the current cars:
“Okay but those cars are tiny compared to today’s! Looks like a go kart!”
A fan replied:
“Yep and yet people blame Monaco when the FIA made the cars the size of buses.”
Charles Leclerc has failed to finish a race in Monaco 6 consecutive times throughout his career:
— Joost (@The_MrMediocre) May 15, 2022
— Slow Pit Stop (@SlowPitStop) May 15, 2022
— Mathias Kainz (@MathiasKainz) May 16, 2022
— Tim Coronel (@TimCoronel) May 15, 2022
Charles Leclerc did WHAT??? 😳😳
— deni (@fiagirly) May 15, 2022
Man the amount of hate being tossed his way for a mechanical failure in a car that was cleared for that demo is pretty harsh here. It's a race car, it's meant to be raced.
— RB 🇺🇦 (@rberrill) May 16, 2022
we need to manifest
🕯 doesn't crash 🕯
at the monaco
🕯 grand prix 🕯
— ana¹⁶₅₅ 🎄 (@formulaanas) May 15, 2022
For the people who didn‘t believe that @Charles_Leclerc 's crash was caused due to a brake failure:
— Charles Leclerc Fan Page (@LeclercNews) May 16, 2022
Seeing a lot of anger about Leclerc crashing one of Lauda's Ferraris
While no one wants to see a historic crash, if you can afford to buy a vintage racing car and bring it to Monaco to race, you can afford to fix it
Its great to see these machines properly used! Glad all are ok pic.twitter.com/sdxaJgl2aR
— GPLaps (@GPLapsJake) May 15, 2022
This picture is incredible!
This photo, taken moments before Leclerc's crash in Lauda's Ferrari yesterday, shows his front-left brake pad completely sheering off the tire midway through Rascasse. This caused Charles to only have the front-right brake, sending him into a spin. pic.twitter.com/vicYvme7Om
— Scuderia Ferrari News (@SFerrariNews) May 16, 2022
As you can see from the photo on the tweet above, the front left brake pad fell away from the car completely, so when Leclerc braked for the right turn, it sent him into a spin.
— F1 Briefings (@F1Briefings) May 16, 2022
Hopefully the Ferrari driver will have better luck at the Monaco GP a few weekends from now. With him not yet finishing a Monaco race so far in his F1 career, it will be an exciting moment to have the driver potentially take first place at the most famous track of the calendar.