Ferrari mocked over pitwall failure

Charles Leclerc suffered a difficult weekend around the Miami International Autodrome, as he experienced two crashes at the same turn.

Charles Leclerc will be desperate to forget his weekend in Miami after the Monegasque suffered two painful and costly crashes at the same turn.

Leclerc flew into the barriers at Turn Seven on Friday during FP2, causing damage to the front of his vehicle and bringing out the red flags. 

He then repeated the mistake on Saturday during qualifying, cutting Q3 short after he ploughed the back of his Ferrari into the barriers.

The terrible start to the Grand Prix meant that Leclerc started in P6, ultimately finishing in P7, more than 52 seconds behind race winner Max Verstappen.

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Leclerc’s efforts were put into focus by the stronger showing from Carlos Sainz, as the Spaniard continued to outperform the Monegasque, taking P5 ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

With Ferrari failing to repeat their podium success from Azerbaijan, fans mocked the Italian team after a photo showed their pitwall message board falling apart on track.

The team were trying to convey a message to Leclerc but the crucial section with his name on it fell off the board and onto the track, leaving it unlikely the Monegasque could read the strategy call.

Ferrari’s woes meant that the team was unable to continue closing the gap with Mercedes in the Constructors’ race, leaving the Italian outfit down in P4 on 78 points.

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Mercedes is in P3 on 96 points, only six points behind Aston Martin’s P2 position in the Constructors’ Standings.

Although, in the Drivers’ Standings, Sainz will have been happy with his finish, as it allowed him to get closer to Hamilton’s P4 position.

Sainz currently has 44 points to Hamilton’s 56, giving the Spaniard the chance to secure his highest ever finish in the Drivers’ Standings.