Grand Prix – Double retirement for Charles and Seb
The 71st Italian Grand Prix for Scuderia Ferrari ended with a double retreat at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Sebastian Vettel accused a brake problem, while Charles Leclerc was the victim of an accident without consequences at the Parabolica corner.
Departure. When the traffic lights went out, Charles kept the thirteenth position while Sebastian lost one position to George Russell’s Williams and managed to recover it on the next lap. On lap six, however, a brake problem occurred on his SF1000 which forced him to retire during the next lap.
Safety-Car. On lap 18 Charles returned to the garage to switch from Soft to Hard tires, returning to 17th place. At the next lap Kevin Magnussen accused a problem with his Haas and was forced to park it on the track just before entering the pits. The race direction then let the Safety Car in which prompted all the other cars to return for the pit stop. Charles thus found himself in sixth position. At the restart the Monegasque was a lion and in the first variant he managed to overtake the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, climbing to fourth position. Unfortunately, however, in the next lap Leclerc lost control of his SF1000 and crashed into the barriers at the Parabolic corner.
Now Mugello. The Formula 1 World Championship does not stop and remains in Italy: next week, in fact, the third hat-trick of the season will end with the Tuscan Grand Prix – Ferrari 1000, the Scuderia’s thousandth in Formula 1.
Charles Leclerc # 16
“It was a very difficult race, in which I suffered a lot with the balance of my car. At the time of the Safety Car I thought we were very unlucky, but thanks to the fact that the pitlane remained closed, having already completed the pitstop proved to be an advantage. At the time of the accident we were in a very good position even though I was struggling a lot with the Hard tires.
Nonetheless, I was trying to push as hard as I could when I made a mistake which resulted in losing my rear end and crashing into the Parabolica.
The bump was strong enough but I’m fine. I have some pain here and there but I would say it is understandable. The last two weekends have been very difficult for the whole team but unfortunately things are like this right now and we have to hope to recover soon, maybe as early as Mugello next week ”.
Sebastian Vettel # 5
“It is a very difficult moment for the whole team and I, like the whole team, am suffering from this situation. Unfortunately it is our current reality and we must try to do our best to have a decent second part of the season, as there are still many races ahead of us. There is a lot of work to be done and we need to focus on that.
Regarding my race I can only say that it was quite short as I had brake problems almost immediately. I got to the first braking point but the car didn’t slow down and I was forced to go long on the escape route: thank goodness it happened at that point.
We have to keep our heads up, even if the moment is not easy at all. Now let’s go to Mugello, a completely different track, and maybe there we could be in better shape and have a weekend without problems ”.
Mattia Binotto Team Principal
“Today’s double retirement is the worst conclusion of a very difficult weekend. After Belgium we knew that we would be in big trouble here too and so it was, as we saw yesterday in qualifying, but not seeing the checkered flag with either car hurts.
We are even more sorry that one of the two retirements, that of Sebastian, took place due to a problem with the reliability of the car: such situations – in this case a brake system failure – must not happen. It is a very tough season but it is in the difficulties that we become stronger.
We must look ahead: these are all lessons that must serve us to build the future. Having said that, we absolutely must not give up, starting as early as next week at Mugello, where the special appointment with the thousandth Grand Prix of our history in Formula 1 awaits us. “