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MUST-SEE: Front-row starter Charles Leclerc spins off on the Sao Paulo GP formation lap

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc failed to even see the start lights for the 2023 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, after spinning off at Turn 7 on the formation lap.

Although initially it looked like Leclerc might have had a blush-inducing crash, the Monegasque was quickly on the radio lamenting his poor luck after suffering a hydraulic failure that pitched him sideways into the wall.

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His crash meant that his P2 spot on the grid remained absent when the other 19 drivers took the start – with chaos then ensuing when a crash between Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg and Alex Albon ultimately saw the race red-flagged.

Watch the incident in the video up top.

‘I’ve never had that before’ – Leclerc explains what caused his formation lap crash

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