Fans baffled as Charles Leclerc had printed map of Monaco inside cockpit

Formula One fans have been left baffled by the fact that Charles Leclerc had a printed map of the Monaco circuit in his cockpit for the Grand Prix.

The hometown Ferrari driver started in pole position for the latest round of the 2022 season as he looked to bring an end to his disappointing form in Monte Carlo.

Leclerc had never managed to finish a race in Monaco throughout his racing career and appeared to have a trick up his sleeve for the latest challenge, with pictures showing that he had a printed picture of the Monaco circuit within his cockpit.

That left fans bemused though, as they couldn't understand why this would be necessary for any driver, as they spend hours within simulations throughout the season – and Leclerc himself knows the Monaco track better than anyone.

Sections of the F1 circuit in Monaco are part of the bus route that Leclerc took to school in his childhood, while the famous swimming pool that marks another section of the track was where the Ferrari driver learnt to swim when he was younger.

Despite his superb knowledge of the circuit, and the fact that he had a reminder within his cockpit in case he needed it, the race in Monaco had a disappointing outcome for the title contender as he fell further behind Max Verstappen in the championship standings.

Heavy rain delayed the start of the race and, during the transition to dry tyres, Ferrari botched their pit strategy which allowed Red Bull duo Sergio Perez and Verstappen to gain positions – with the former going on to clinch victory.

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Leclerc sits seven points behind Verstappen in the hunt for the title, with Perez 15 points adrift of his teammate, and Red Bull boast a significant advantage in the battle for the Constructor's Championship after four-consecutive victories.

Verstappen won three in a row in Imola, Miami and Barcelona before Perez's triumph in Monaco, giving Red Bull a 36-point advantage over Ferrari in the standings – while defending champions Mercedes are a whopping 101 points behind the Milton Keynes-based team.

Azerbaijan is next on the Formula One calendar and expectation is high following a chaotic event last year that saw Verstappen crash out and Lewis Hamilton blunder to drop significant points, with Perez winning while Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly finished on the podium.

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