Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will not start the race today due to an issue with the left driveshaft which the team is unable to fix in time for the start of the race.
The Monegasque driver came away with pole position after yesterday’s Qualifying session, however, he brought the day to an early close after hitting the barriers exiting the swimming pool complex with just 18s left in Q3.
The new top six this afternoon is
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull
- Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
- Lando Norris, McLaren
- Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
All drivers will stay in their original grid positions.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, a very disappointed Leclerc said; “In the garage it was very, very difficult to feel ok.
“I’m getting used to this feeling, unfortunately, I’ve never finished a race here. This year I don’t start from pole, so it’s a difficult one to take.
“But I also feel for the team. The mechanics have done such a hard job yesterday to try and check everything. The mechanics were a bit happy this morning to see that everything seemed fine and all the parts were fine. Then this happened, so it’s a shame for everybody.”
More to follow.