Charles Leclerc destroys Ferrari car in horror crash during practice but escapes unhurt | F1 | Sport
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has walked away unhurt from a huge crash in the final moments of second practice ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, bringing out the first red flag of the weekend at the Jeddah Street Circuit. Leclerc lost control of the rear of the Ferrari approaching Turns 21 and 22 before hitting hard into the barrier.
With just minutes left of the hour-long session under the floodlights, Leclerc lost control of the rear of the car and smacked hard into the wall at high speed, planting the Ferrari deep into the barriers.
After confirming he was okay, Leclerc apologised over the radio as he climbed out of the wreckage overlooked by team boss Mattia Binotto, with concerned faces in the Ferrari garage surveying the heavily damaged car.
A frustrated Leclerc was sent to the medical centre for further check-ups but later released and was seen back in the Ferrari Garage.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ended the red-flagged session quickest with a 1:29.018, topping both first and second practice ahead of the race on Sunday.
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“But I definitely believe it is going to be a very challenging track for us drivers, a very high-speed [layout] with the walls so obviously no room for mistakes so it is going to be a tricky one but I’m looking forward to it.”
The championship could be wrapped up on Sunday, if Verstappen wins the race and picks up the fastest lap, with Hamilton finishing P6 or lower during the race.
There are just eight points separating Hamilton and Verstappen at the top of the table, with Mercedes keen to keep the title alive heading into the final race next week at Abu Dhabi.