Charles Leclerc had his first Grand Prix victory cruelly snatched away from him in Bahrain, as on lap 49, Lewis Hamilton overtook him following the Ferrari driver’s engine troubles.
The 21-year-old had to settle for third position behind Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
As if the racing world didn’t feel sorry enough for the Monegasque driver, a video has now emerged compiling Leclerc’s reactions after the race into a 23-second clip.
The video shows the youngster looking forlorn while sat in his car, before showing clips of him holding his hands over his face in disbelief at what occurred.
Leclerc had dominated the race after recovering from a poor start, but an engine failure allowed Hamilton to cut an eight-second deficit in just three laps.
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Despite his obvious sadness, Bahrain represented major positive steps for Ferrari’s newest recruit.
Leclerc became the second youngest driver to qualify for pole position ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, with his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel still holding that particular record.
By coming in at third place, it also represented his first podium finish in Formula 1, the first of undoubtedly many for the talented racer.
Watch Leclerc's heartbreaking reaction to the race in the video below.
The race did remind everyone of the brutal nature of the sport, with Hamilton and Bottas capitalising on Leclerc’s misfortune to make it a Mercedes one-two finish.
It was Hamilton’s first win of the new campaign, after finishing second to Bottas in Australia two weeks previous.
The next race will take place on April 14 in China, with Mercedes looking to extend their lead in the championship over the rest of the field.
However, Bahrain showed that Leclerc has the capability to cause a few upsets in the coming weeks and if Vettel starts to perform, Ferrari could offer a real challenge over the course of the campaign.News Now - Sport News