Charles Leclerc’s first home race as a Scuderia Ferrari driver didn’t quite go to plan. Motor racing journalist and paddock insider Lawrence Barretto reflects on whether the Italian side is completely to blame for the Monegasque driver’s woes or should the driver take responsibility for the disastrous weekend on the streets of Moanco:
“Honestly I think it’s a bit of both” – Formula One expert Lawrence Barretto said, as reported by Formula1.com earlier today – “Every time Charles Leclerc has got behind the wheel of a single-seater at Monaco, he’s been quick. Street circuits are his playground. So it was a surprise that he wasn’t able to get to grips with Monte Carlo this year in a car that afforded him a podium opportunity at the least. But Ferrari’s qualifying “misjudgement” arguably had a bigger impact on his weekend. Had he got to Q3, he would have been in the top five and he wouldn’t have had to take the kind of risks he was forced into taking that ultimately led to his retirement. On balance, the blame lies with the team.” – Motor racing journalist and paddock insider Lawrence Barretto explained.