“Did he crash this one too,”: Fans tear into Charles Leclerc after he goes karting at Paul Ricard

Fans react negatively to Charles Leclerc taking part in a karting event at Paul Ricard

Charles Leclerc at Paul Ricard
Charles Leclerc at Paul Ricard

On Wednesday, the Karting Circuit Paul Ricard crew welcomed Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, who was competing in a karting race organised by Swiss watchmaking label Richard Mille, of which he has been an associate for ten years.

The Circuit Paul Ricard is a French motor racing street circuit built in 1969 near Marseille in Le Castellet, Var, with funding from pastis business tycoon Paul Ricard. Ricard wanted to take on the responsibility of constructing a racing track. The FIA Formula One French Grand Prix has been held at the circuit since 2018, after hitherto hosting it sporadically from 1971 to 1983, each year from 1985 to 1990.

The French Grand Prix was officially confirmed on December 5, 2016, that it would come back to the Formula One calendar for the 2018 season at Paul Ricard. The race was the first in France since 2008, and the first at Circuit Paul Ricard since 1990. The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in Geneva released its 2018 tentative schedule on June 19, 2017, with the French Grand Prix set to take place on  June 24 at Circuit Paul Ricard, quickly followed by the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit.

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Why are fans reacting negatively to Charles Leclerc racing at Paul Ricard?

Charles Leclerc after crashing Niki Lauda's iconic 1974 Ferrari in Monaco
Charles Leclerc after crashing Niki Lauda’s iconic 1974 Ferrari in Monaco

Charles Leclerc who’s currently topping the 2022 world drivers’ championship leaderboard, recently crashed F1 legend Niki Lauda’s iconic 1974 Ferrari in a presentation run in the Monaco historic GP which took place this Sunday.

He drove deep into La Rascasse, lost grip of the rear end, and bolstered into the barriers.  The collision dented the car’s rear wing, and Leclerc, who has lived in Monaco for all of his childhood appeared to indicate a trouble with the brakes. “When you thought you already had all the bad luck of the world in Monaco and you lose the brakes into rascasse with one of the most iconic historical Ferrari Formula 1 car,” reacted Leclerc on Twitter following the conclusion of the demonstration.

Fans have however teared into Charles Leclerc this time for taking part in the karting event hosted at Paul Ricard, and even going to a distance where they’re commenting on the possibilities of him crashing at Paul Ricard too.

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