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Charles Leclerc heartbreak as Ferrari driver retires from Monaco Grand Prix before race

Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc has dramatically been ruled out of the Monaco Grand Prix after suffering an issue with his left driveshaft on his out lap ahead of the race.

Leclerc discovered the issue as he circulated the Monte Carlo circuit to take up his place at the front of the grid for today’s race after qualifying on pole position yesterday.

As the Ferrari driver was heading towards the grid to line up on pole position, a despondent Leclerc shouted over the radio, “No! No! No! No!” as the car started slowing.

The Ferrari driver limped the car back to the pits to be checked by the team, but ultimately ran out of time to get to the grid and the pit lane closed, and the hometown hero climbed out of the car and retired from the race before he even took up his place on the grid.

After crashing heavily at the end of Saturday’s qualifying session, the team confirmed in a statement they were satisfied Leclerc’s gearbox had survived the crash without incurring significant damage.

“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,” the team announced.

An initial assessment of the damage on Leclerc’s car by the team revealed “no serious damage”, but Ferrari confirmed in a statement after qualifying that they would conduct further checks on Sunday and “prioritise reliability over pole”.

The Monegasque driver topped the timesheets in both Q1 and Q2 and was once again the fastest in Q3 in the first run and had put his car on provisional pole in the first run with Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas just behind him.

Most cars were out in the final couple of minutes to try and improve on their time, but Leclerc’s collision with the wall with just 18 seconds left on the clock effectively halted any hot laps from his rivals as he sealed his first pole position of 2021. 

However, there was some concern Leclerc would suffer a five-place grid penalty after the heavy impact, which saw the scarlet Ferrari planted into the wall towards the end of the lap at the swimming pool complex, with many pundits expressing concern that Leclerc’s gearbox may have incurred damage serious enough to force a replacement.

Leclerc would have been given an automatic five-place grid penalty, and would have lost his maiden hometown pole, if the team had opted to replace the gearbox.

But, despite the car subsequently being given a clean bill of health, Leclerc’s dream of winning Formula 1’s most iconic race in his home town was wiped out before he even saw the starting lights as an issue with his left drive shaft forced him out of the Grand Prix.

It meant that the rest of the grid formed up in the same spots as before, with Leclerc the notable absentee from the pole position spot, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took over at the head of the field.

It was a shocking turn of events ahead of the biggest F1 race of the year, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff sympathising with Leclerc, who missed out on a huge opportunity in his home race.

“I’m surprised because they checked the box,” Wolff told Sky Sports before the race start.

“It’s a shame, he’s Monegasque and he deserved it, his lap was spectacular.”

Wolff also explained that Leclerc’s removal from the front row of the grid also causes his own team additional headaches, with their championship rival Max Verstappen afforded a free run into Sainte Devote.

“Max can score 25 points – that’s not good for us,” he said.

“We wanted Charles to lead. Let’s see what opportunity it gives to Valtteri.

“Lewis and Valtteri can work together here. Maybe Lewis can play a role. He isn’t happy, of course, but he’s a fighter.

“We’ve had setbacks in Monaco before, let’s see how he can climb from P7.”

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Larsa Pippen Rocks A Fitted Black Tank Top As She Declares She’s ‘Blessed’ Posing With $200K Ferrari

Larsa Pippen looked so glam as she posted in front of a mansion with her fire red Ferrari after her split from Malik Beasley.

Larsa Pippen[1][2], 46, is back on the market and looking better than ever! The Miami resident[3] rocked low cut tank top and black leather pants as she posed in front of her red Ferrari, costing around $ 200,000. “No, I’m not lucky, I’m blessed!! @prettylittlething,” she captioned the post on Friday, April 9, tagging her go-to fast-fashion brand who provided the outfit. She kept her eyes hidden behind a luxe pair of Chanel sunglasses, finishing her look with a pair of high top Nike Air Jordan’s in a black, white and silver color way.

Larsa was, of course, married to Michael Jordan[4]‘s teammate and friend Scottie Pippen[5] from 1997 until their split in 2015 (legally, they are still married). These days, rare Jordan’s can go for thousands on the market — such as the Dior edition that resold for around $ 20k — but we’re guessing the mom-of-four has a hook-up. She kept her highlighted blonde hair up in her signature half pony tail as she soaked up the sunshine. Larsa didn’t tag a location, but was standing in the driveway of a large mansion — likely in Miami, Florida, where she lives.

The sexy pic is one of many Larsa has posted on the ‘gram since her split[6] from Malik Beasley[7][8], 24. The mom-of-four and the Minnesota Timberwolves player were romantically linked after they were spotted holding hands at a Miami mall last November. The photos were controversial at the time as the NBA player[9] was still married to ex-wife Montana Yao[10], with whom shares one-year-old son named Makai. Montana later filed for divorce[11] on December 8.

For her part, Larsa denied allegations[12] she was involved in Malik and Montana’s split. “They were separated before I ever met him…That’s a fact,” she wrote on social media. Montana rebutted the statement with a post of her own, posting, “This is 100% false. Continue to speak on my name and my relationship and we’re going to have issues. Receipts don’t lie. Let’s not go there. I think you’ve embarrassed yourself enough already.”

Larsa stirred up romance rumors on March 13 when she was spotted[13] with Myles Kronman[14], the founder of Model House Los Angeles, at the trendy W Hotel in the South Beach area of Miami. The brunette man appeared to have a number of tattoos on his arms and test while they enjoyed cocktails — specifically coconut drinks — outdoors. While they could have just been friends, Larsa and Myles did seem to be chatting rather closely!

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  1. ^ Larsa (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ Pippen (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ Miami resident (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ Michael Jordan (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ Scottie Pippen (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ since her split (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ Malik (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ Beasley (hollywoodlife.com)
  9. ^ NBA player (hollywoodlife.com)
  10. ^ Montana Yao (hollywoodlife.com)
  11. ^ filed for divorce (hollywoodlife.com)
  12. ^ denied allegations (hollywoodlife.com)
  13. ^ she was spotted (hollywoodlife.com)
  14. ^ Myles Kronman (www.instagram.com)

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Sebastian Vettel takes subtle Lewis Hamilton Mercedes dig as he discusses Ferrari failures

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has suggested that Valtteri Bottas has been the only driver capable of fighting Lewis Hamilton for the Drivers’ Championship title in recent years, with the overwhelming dominance of the Mercedes car leaving Ferrari unable to compete. The Silver Arrows scooped their fifth successive Constructors’ Championship triumph last season, while Hamilton topped the driver standings for the seventh time to match Michael Schumacher’s impressive record.
Vettel is preparing for the new season with Aston Martin, formerly known as Racing Point, after leaving Ferrari at the end of last year.

The 33-year-old endured a torrid campaign with the Italian heavyweights, earning a place on the podium just once in 17 attempts as the Prancing Horse limped to a sixth-placed finish overall.

The car’s lack of ability to compete, along with a number of individual mistakes, curbed Vettel’s hopes of returning to the front of the grid.

He was visibly frustrated on a regular basis throughout the season amid the deterioration of his working relationship with Ferrari.

However, the new campaign has renewed his hopes of fighting for race wins, with Aston Martin expected to trouble Red Bull and Mercedes once again after an impressive fourth-placed finish last time out.

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Vettel has claimed that he is fully capable of winning a fifth Drivers’ Championship title this season while sending a thinly-veiled dig in the direction of old rival Hamilton.

The German declared that during his time with Ferrari, Mercedes were the only team strong enough to fight for titles, suggesting that Hamilton’s success in F1 has been aided significantly by the machinery underneath him.

“I think I can [win another title],” said Vettel. “Obviously, I am not too old. There are now older drivers joining the grid rather than younger drivers.

“I don’t think it’s an age thing. I just think it’s more of a question of, do you have the team around you?

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“Formula 1 has been like this since I can remember and probably before. It is not a secret in the last years that you needed to be in a Mercedes to really fight for the championship.

“I think we were close with Ferrari but never really close enough to have a say in the last two or three races so I don’t think it’s an age thing. I think it’s [another world title] in me.”

Vettel and Hamilton became embroiled in an intense championship battle during the 2017 campaign, when their competitive rivalry came to a head.

The pair clashed on the track at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Vettel appeared to deliberately swerve into Hamilton under safety car conditions.

Another close duel ensued in 2018, but their relationship with one another has always been built on respect despite the history between them.

Vettel hailed the Stevenage-born racer at the end of last season, claiming that he is the best driver of his generation after sealing the Drivers’ Championship crown once again.

“I told him it’s very special for us because we can witness history being made today,” Vettel told reporters after November’s Turkish Grand Prix.

“I think he is the greatest of our era for sure.”

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“After other people have done their work, we’ll see how it goes on track. So yes I hope we’ll be back in command soon.”

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is also hopeful that Ferrari can begin to turn things around this season with Carlos Sainz teaming up with Leclerc.

“I think last year the main issue was the speed on the straight line, not only the power but also drag,” said Binotto.

“We’ve worked a lot, both on the power unit and the car aerodynamics, to reduce the drag of the car.

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