This so-called curse dates back to even before his F1 days, where back in 2017 as one of the sport's brightest young talents, the then F2 driver was dominating the season and had qualified on pole and, similar to Barcelona, looked set for a relatively uneventful race and cruise to P1, however, following suspension failure he had to retire early and so begins the start of his Monaco nightmare as a racing driver.
Fast forward one year to 2018 and the then Sauber driver looked set to record points in his first experience of Monaco as an F1 driver, however, disaster struck and following a brakes failure he crashed into the back of Torro-Rosso driver Brendan Hartley and thus ended his first attempt at the famous street circuit.
The 2019 season saw Charles sign with Ferrari and his first race was much anticipated. One of the sport's biggest young talents, driving for one of the most iconic teams on his home circuit, many were expecting fireworks and instant success. However, his curse continued and after error from Ferrari he was eliminated in qualifying one meaning he had to start towards the back of the grid in infamously an impossible track for overtaking.
The young driver, wanting to prove himself in his debut race, was too aggressive and ended up retiring early after making contact with Niko Hulkenburg.
Moving onto 2021, last season’s Grand Prix and arguably Charles’ most unfortunate, which has led many to believe he has truly been cursed. After a monstrous drive from the Ferrari frontman, to everyone’s surprise, he qualified in P1 ahead of the hugely dominant Mercedes and Red Bull cars.
However, as the theme goes, disaster struck and on his final lap after already securing P1, Leclerc hit the wall and in doing so damaged his gearbox, meaning despite all his hard work in qualifying, he had to watch the race from the side-lines.
Leclerc will no doubt be eager to prove he can conquer the difficulties of Monaco and not allow Verstappen to gain more on him in the race for the championship title.
For Leclerc’s sake lets hope he has more luck than already showcased, after the 24-year-old crashed Niki Lauda’s Formula One car when parading it around the track in a showcase event… only time will tell what sort of weekend the Ferrari front-man has.