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Ferrari believes Leclerc’s damaged driveshaft attributable to Monaco qualifying crash

The Italian outfit returned to its Maranello base on Monday morning to undertake an in depth investigation in to what occurred to Leclerc earlier than the beginning.

The workforce had given Leclerc’s automotive and gearbox the all-clear within the hours earlier than the race, but a left-rear driveshaft hub failed during a pre-race reconnaissance lap.

With no time to restore the half earlier than the beginning of the race, Leclerc needed to withdraw from the occasion and never take up his pole place.

Autosport understands that the investigation in to the Leclerc drawback has concluded that the failure was a consequence of the crash that the Monegasque suffered when he hit the boundaries in Q3.

And though the workforce performed its common verify of the automotive earlier than the race to switch broken components, the driveshaft hub was not inspected intimately as a part of this course of.

The workforce’s common guidelines of important elements that it examines and replaces consists of numerous elements, however it’s understood that the driveshaft hubs aren’t included on this.

It is because the workforce has had virtually no expertise of failures on this a part of the automotive earlier than, plus the influence with the boundaries was on the right-hand aspect.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, crashes out towards the end of Qualifying

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, crashes out in the direction of the top of Qualifying

Photograph by: Jean Petin / Motorsport Images

Nevertheless, even when the hub had been on the guidelines for a visual inspection, it isn’t clear if it might even have been picked up by the workforce earlier than the race.

The workforce’s knowledge suggests the driveshaft hub was working accurately by the opening a part of Leclerc’s first lap out of the pits earlier than it failed at Flip 6.

Nevertheless, in gentle of the occasions surrounding the failed driveshaft elements, Ferrari will now revise and enhance its processes to make sure that, if there are repeat circumstances sooner or later, that it’s going to higher detect comparable issues.

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Ferrari had been clear on Sunday that the driveshaft failure was not associated to its determination to stay with the identical gearbox on Leclerc’s automotive for the race.

Group principal Mattia Binotto mentioned: “The failure would nonetheless have occurred, so it is not a matter of playing with the gearbox in any respect.”

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