Charles Leclerc destroys Ferrari car in horror crash during practice but escapes unhurt


Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has walked away unhurt from a huge crash in the final moments of second practice ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, bringing out the first red flag of the weekend at the Jeddah Street Circuit. Leclerc lost control of the rear of the Ferrari approaching Turns 21 and 22 before hitting hard into the barrier.

With just minutes left of the hour-long session under the floodlights, Leclerc lost control of the car, smacking into the wall at high speed and planting the Ferrari deep into the barriers.

After confirming he was okay, Leclerc apologised over the radio as he climbed out of the wreckage, overlooked by team boss Mattia Binotto, with concerned faces in the Ferrari garage with heavy damage to the car.

A frustrated Leclerc was sent to the medical centre for further check-ups, with Lewis Hamilton ending this red-flagged session quickest with a 1:29.018, topping both first and second practice ahead of the race on Sunday. 

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second fastest, followed by the Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly, with championship leader Max Verstappen fourth fastest.

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