Ferrari have confirmed Charles Leclerc has escaped gearbox damage after his qualifying shunt, confirming he will start from pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Leclerc caused a late red flag in Q3 at Monaco after he hit the wall at the exit of the swimming pool, tearing the front right of the car to bits, and ruining the rear suspension.
There were concerns within Ferrari that Leclerc had damaged the gearbox in the accident, which would have awarded him a 5-place grid penalty. Thankfully, Ferrari confirmed today that will not be the case.
“Following further in-depth checks this morning, no apparent defects were found on Charles Leclerc’s gearbox. Therefore, the Monegasque driver will start today’s race from pole position, as per the qualifying result,” a statement from Ferrari read.
Mattia Binotto said the team “would not gamble” on gearbox damage after qualifying, which means it’s clear there was no damage to Leclerc’s car.
Charles Leclerc will be hoping to translate his Monaco pole to a win in front of his fans at his home race this afternoon.