Formula 1

Ferrari swaps Leclerc chassis after Belgian GP practice crash

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

Charles Leclerc will use a back-up chassis for the remainder of the Belgian Grand Prix F1 weekend after his crash in Friday practice.

Leclerc lost the car coming out of Les Combes during FP2, and was unable to regain control in time to prevent it from hitting the barrier on entry to the Malmedy corner.

Though the damage, while significant, initially looked localised to the left-side suspension, Ferrari has now confirmed the chassis could not be repaired “in a short space of time”.

Charles Leclerc Belgian GP crash F1 Ferrari

It meant the team built up a spare chassis instead, which Leclerc will use from Saturday morning practice onwards.

Team principal Mattia Binotto described Leclerc’s crash as a “small mistake” at the end of Friday’s action, while Leclerc himself said the car “didn’t feel great” and vowed to make sure he’d avoid similar errors.

“We need to understand because we didn’t change much on the car so there is definitely plenty to understand and hopefully we will do a good enough job,” Leclerc said.

“But yeah, I am confident that we’ll be able to do a good enough job to understand what went wrong in FP2 to be better tomorrow.”

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