Will Charles Drop His Monaco Curse?

There are trends in sports that are just something unexplainable, and Charles Leclerc's horrid luck at Monaco is one of them. I'm not sure what kind of bad voodoo has been placed on him, but I find it hard to believe that there could possibly be a more brutal curse than the one placed on the Monégasque driver.

Charles Leclerc goes backwards into the wall in Monaco, damaging the rear wing of Niki Lauda's Ferrari 312.

Let's look back over the last few years.

  • 2017: F2 Feature Race - Suspension Failure

  • 2017: F2 Sprint Race - Electrical Failure

  • 2018: F1 Race - Brake Failure, forcing a retirement in his first-ever home race under the Alfa Romero flag

  • 2019: F1 Qualifying - Strategy let down in qualifying for a race that sees very few on track passes.

  • 2019: F1 Race - Collision damage from trying to make up positions due to poor qualifying forces a DNF on lap 16

  • 2020: No Monaco Grand Prix due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic

  • 2021: F1 Qualifying - Takes provisional pole in Q3 with a stunning lap, only to make a tiny error on his last run near the swimming pool series of turns, resulting in a red flag for the session and severe damage to his car

  • 2021: F1 Race - Despite being cleared by the Engineers, a microfracture in the rear driveshaft of Leclercs SF21, caused by his qualifying incident, becomes apparent on the way to the grid and forces him to abandon his pole position and into a DNS.

  • 2022: Historic F1 Demo Event: Leclerc is behind the wheel of on of the most iconic F1 cars of all time, Niki Lauda's 1974 Ferrari 312 B3. Rear brake failure, not at all uncommon in historic cars, send Leclerc backward into the wall at the difficult La Rascasse corner.

There is no doubt that the accident in the historic Ferrari was no fault of his own, but you've got to really start wondering what in the world is going on with Leclerc in Monaco.

Will he see the checkered flag for the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix coming up on May 29th? We've got an extremely tight championship race at this point in the F1 season. Max has just taken the points to lead after a disappointing engine failure for the F1-75 took away what was otherwise a likely easy win. With the 2022 championship heating up, there would be no better place for the Monégasque driver to mount his recovery effort and relaunch his bid for the World Drivers Championship.

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