Charles Leclerc recently visited the stadium of FC Barcelona, where he was presumably invited by Sergi Roberto. He was accompanied by his brother and F3 driver, Arthur Leclerc. The Monegasque attended Barcelona’s last game of the season at the Camp Nou, where they lost 2-0, capping off the end of a year during which the team has been in transition. They finish 2nd this year in La Liga, 13 points behind arch-rivals Real Madrid.
The Catalonian club crashed out of this season’s Champions League, with an especially disheartening duo of defeats against Bayern Munich, losing 3-0 both home and away. This would have been especially hard to take after their earlier UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final defeat to the club in 2020, where Barcelona lost 8-2 to the German club. Later, the club also crashed out of the Europa League, with a loss in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt, who were helped along their way by a brace from Serbian star, Filip Kostic.
Despite this, Barcelona have shown promise for the future seasons, with former star and captain Xavi back at the helm of the team as manager, and the return of beloved Club President Joan Laporta. The young players, such as Pedri and Gavi have looked especially as stars of the future, and there is certainly hope and excitement for the future amongst the club’s fans. Earlier, Sergi Roberto had also met with reigning world champion Max Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz will certainly not be pleased!
Ferrari teammates Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are certainly football fans. Sainz is very vocal in his love for Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid, and Leclerc supports his hometown club AS Monaco. They will also be participating in a charity football match in a build-up event to this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, where they will be joined by other F1 stars, present, and future. Will Sainz demand satisfaction? We will love to find out.
Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, at the Circuit Barcelona de-Catalunya ended in disappointment for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc. Carlos Sainz had a torrid start, where he got the start procedure and was later sent into the gravel from a gust of wind. He eventually finished 4th (after starting 3rd) after a nice recovery drive.
In quite the opposite fashion, Leclerc had a superb start to the race. He kept title rival Max Verstappen behind him at the start and extended his lead. Later, Verstappen suffered the same ‘gust of wind’ that Sainz had, and was sent into the gravel. This left him to tussle with George Russell, while Charles Leclerc kept building his lead.
Leclerc did not pit until lap 22, long after most of the frontrunners, and had a gap of around 27 seconds at that time. He returned back to the front, still comfortably in the lead. This is where his fortune was at its end. On lap 28, after leading for the whole race, being 10 seconds ahead of the closest next driver, second-placed Russell, Leclerc dramatically retired from the race after a power unit issue, where he suffered a drastic loss of power. What had been an incredible weekend up to that point became a bit of a disaster.
Charles Leclerc will be hoping to break his Monaco curse, and regain his championship lead at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz will also hope for a better weekend there, and they will both certainly need to work together to defeat the Red Bulls, who are currently 26 points in the lead in the Constructors Championship. Charles Leclerc is currently 2nd with 104 points, behind Max Verstappen and his teammate Carlos Sainz is in 5th place, with 65 points.