Cape Town - Charles Leclerc was exonerated by the Monaco stewards for
crashing into Brendon Hartley, putting both drivers out of Sunday's grand prix.
Leclerc was trying to chase down Hartley in the latter stage
of the 78-lap grand prix when his front left brake failed as he exited the
In a puff of smoke he was no longer able to brake and
smashed into the back of Hartley's Toro Rosso.
Leclerc retired immediately while Hartley managed to limp
back to the pits where he parked his car.
"The stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from
the driver of car #16, Charles Leclerc, the driver of car #28, Brendon Hartley
and team representatives and noted that the collision was caused by the failure
of the left brake disc of car #16 and not through the fault of either
driver," said the statement from the officials.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting felt for the driver as that
brake failure put him out of his home grand prix.
"If you look at the video, Charles braked 175m from the
chicane," he said. "I think he was nursing his brakes a bit. You
can't blame him for that, poor lad."