At the recent Monaco Historic GP, Charles Leclerc spun and crashed the legendary 1974 Ferrari 312B3 with all the fault of the car.
Leclerc had the brakes all shattered on the track from his front left corner of the car. With no front left brake power, if Leclerc had tried the brakes he would have turned his car all braking power to the right front disc, snapping the car in that direction.
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Driving into the Rascasse, Leclerc attempted to apply the failed brakes, causing him to spin and the rear of the car to crash into the walls. After the accident, he got going, but later had to stop because of smoke coming from the car.
To which Leclerc replied: “I lost the brakes. I lost the brakes! I braked, the pedal was hard and it went down.”
He was lucky to crash on the slow corner though, if it had been somewhere else it could have been more dangerous with these not much safer cars.
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“I was lucky to have it in that moment because if I had it somewhere else it wasn’t good…the problem is I was scared. I got to the corner quite normally.”
Meaning of the 1974 Ferrari 312B3
Niki Lauda was a three-time world champion, and with 25 wins and 54 podiums he was one of the legends of the sport. He died in 2019 before the Monaco Grand Prix.
In 1974 he drove for the legendary Ferrari brand for the first time, managing to take second place in his first race for the team in Argentina. He later won two races with this car, the first in Spain and another at the Dutch Grand Prix.
312B3 that Leclerc drove in Monaco is owned by Methuselah Racing, with the fault of the machine and not the driver, the car lost a significant portion of the rear of the car.
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