Leclerc had certified on pole place for the Monte Carlo occasion, however had confronted an anxious wait to search out out if he may begin from the highest spot amid issues that he may wish a substitute gearbox after a qualifying crash.
Last pre-race inspections confirmed that the gearbox was all good, however Leclerc suffered heartbreak throughout an set up lap when a left rear driveshaft hub broke on his automobile.
With no time to exchange the half, Leclerc was unable to begin the race and needed to watch the occasion from the storage.
Ferrari doesn’t consider that the driveshaft failure was associated to any subject with the gearbox, however it doesn’t but have any solutions as to why the issue was not noticed earlier than the automobile left the pits.
Workforce principal Mattia Binotto mentioned evaluation of each automobile knowledge and the precise elements in Maranello this week ought to ship the reply as as to whether or not Ferrari may have taken motion earlier.
“On our aspect we have to perceive what occurred actually, and why it occurred,” mentioned Binotto. “And greater than that, if we may have detected it in parc ferme from Saturday afternoon and race morning.
“It is extra essential actually to know why we did not detect an issue on the automobile. The issue was not there when he left the storage, so the issue began to seem in flip six.
“The elements that went on the automobile weren’t displaying any downside. So we will likely be trying on the elements within the subsequent days, and searching on the knowledge.”
Binotto is adamant that the driveshaft failure was absolutely impartial of the crew’s determination on the gearbox, and reckons it might have damaged anyway even when Ferrari had fitted a substitute.
“It is not gearbox associated,” he mentioned. “If we might have modified the gearbox, nonetheless these elements would nonetheless have been on the automobile as a result of they weren’t broken from the accident.
“The failure would nonetheless have occurred, so it isn’t a matter of playing with the gearbox in any respect.”
F1’s parc ferme guidelines enable groups to exchange any elements which have been broken throughout qualifying.
Ferrari’s inspection of the automobile didn’t suspect any issues with the driveshaft elements so it saved these elements on the automobile.
Binotto added: “There’s a clear regulation saying you possibly can solely change elements which have been broken.
“So the elements we modified have been actually those broken: the entrance wing, the entrance proper suspension, and the rear proper nook. They have been clearly broken, and we acquired permission to do it, in order that’s it.”
However whereas the driveshaft failure was not linked to the gearbox, Binotto has not dominated out the failure being a consequence of Leclerc’s qualifying crash.
“Ultimately it could possibly be associated to the accident,” he mentioned. “It is one thing which we have to analyse and finally discover the ultimate reply. Nevertheless it was on utterly the alternative aspect, the opposite nook. However once more, possibly not associated or possibly sure.”