Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc Crashed on the formation lap at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, where he was due to start from second position on Sunday.
However, on the lap before the start, the Ferrari driver veered off the track in the middle sector and hit the barriers.
Leclerc’s race radio suggested his car had suffered a hydraulics failure.
“Hydraulics. Why am I so unlucky!” Leclerc complained on the radio after the accident.
However, speaking to Sky Sports shortly after the incident, Leclerc said the crash was caused by a different problem.
“I don’t think it’s a hydraulic problem… I mean, I know what it is but I can’t go into too much detail,” Leclerc said. “There was an engine thing that made me lock the back wheel and then I spun and hit the wall, so I couldn’t do anything.”
The Monaco native managed to get his car going again but only managed to drive onto an escape road, meaning there was no delay to the start of the race.
Due to Leclerc’s crash, Verstappen started the race with an empty grid slot next to him.
Verstappen, K Won the championship at the Qatar Grand Prix In early October, took a comfortable lead at Turn 1.