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F1 driver Charles Leclerc destroys $1.5million vintage Ferrari in Monaco

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Charles Leclerc’s bad luck in his hometown is officially classic.

Niki Lauda finished fourth in the Drivers’ Championship in 1974.
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Monaco’s Ferrari Formula 1 driver was on a demonstration lap around the Monaco Grand Prix circuit in three-time champion Niki Lauda’s 1974 Ferrari F1 car, as part of a historic motoring event, when his brakes failed entering the famous Rascasse hairpin causing him to spin the vintage car into the barrier.

“I lost the brakes. I lost the brakes! I braked, the pedal was hard and it fell to the ground,” Leclerc said, according to

The car crashed from the rear first and its rear wing was shattered.

Leclerc failed to complete the Monaco Grand Prix in three tries as a Formula 1 driver due to crashes and mechanical failures, including losing the brakes on his Sauber in 2018. Leclerc won pole position for Ferrari in 2021 but crashed out towards the end of qualifying. and was unable to start the race due to the damage.

F1 driver Charles Leclerc destroys .5million vintage Ferrari in Monaco

Leclerc took pole position at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, but was unable to start the race due to damage suffered during qualifying.
(Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“When you thought you already had all the bad luck in the world in Monaco and lost the brakes in the lionfish with one of the most iconic historic Formula 1 Ferraris,” Leclerc tweeted after the accident.

F1 driver Charles Leclerc destroys .5million vintage Ferrari in Monaco

Niki Lauda won two races in 2014.
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Lauda, ​​whose career was featured in the Ron Howard-directed film ‘Rush’, also had to retire the car during the 1974 event due to an ignition problem, but won two more races and finished fourth in the championship in his first season with Ferrari, before winning the title the following year.

The 1974 car was valued at $1.5 million ten years ago, but Lauda’s 1975 championship car sold at auction in 2019 for $6 million.


Don’t expect this to be the last time you’ll see the 1974 car in action. It was crashed in a race at the same event last year with retired Ferrari F1 driver Jean Alesi at the wheel and repaired.

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