Ferrari suffer Azerbaijan GP horror-show as Charles Leclerc joins team-mate Carlos Sainz in failing to finish the race after his engine failed… leaving way clear for Red Bull to dominate Baku race
Ferrari endured a major setback in their hopes of winning the drivers’ championship after suffering a double DNF at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Sunday’s race was dominated by Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez as the pair managed a one-two finish for the third time this year.
Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc (left) and Carlos Sainz (right) were forced to pull out on Sunday
Leclerc came into Sunday’s race in high spirits after claiming his sixth pole position in eight races this year.
However, the 24-year-old was forced into retirement after 20 laps due to an engine failure as plumes of smoke started to come out of his Ferrari.
Leclerc said: ‘I am more than frustrated. The first stint we weren’t particularly at the beginning but then I was catching back Checo.
Leclerc was forced into retirement as plumed of smoke started to come out of his Ferrari
Max Verstappen extended his lead in the world championship at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix
‘I think pitting was the right choice. We were leading and then I was managing the tyres well. We just had to manage the tyres to the end and we were in the best position to do that. Another DNF. It hurts.
‘It is more than significant. I don’t really have the words. It is just a huge disappointment and I hope we can jump back from it and be on top of those things.’
Team-mate Sainz’s misfortunes continued as he was forced to pull out after just nine laps due to a brake by wire failure.
‘I had a hydraulic problem around laps 9-10. We were managing tyres to extend my stint. As soon as I started to push, I had the issue. And then with Charles. It’s a bad day for Ferrari but we will bounce back,’ Sainz said.
After a promising start to the year, Leclerc now trails Verstappen by 35 points in the race for the drivers’ championship.