Charles Leclerc‘s race was over before it ever started on Sunday, with gearbox problems preventing him from taking part in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Due to start in pole position in front of his home crowd in Monaco, Leclerc noticed problems with his gearbox while testing the car on the grid ahead of the race.
“No, no, noooooo,” yelled Leclerc during his pre-race lap, fully aware that the car had serious problems. Ferrari had decided not to touch the gearbox on Sunday morning in an attempt to avoid a five-position penalty, though their risk didn’t pay off.
Mere moments before the race got underway, it was confirmed that Leclerc would not start the race due to a problem with the left drive shaft. It was impossible for the issue to be fixed in time for the start.
His absence meant that nobody started on pole, so Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz were the three at the front to get things going.
Leclerc has now had to retire early from each of his three races in Monaco.