Ferrari’s Formula 1 struggles continued on the football pitch as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz both suffered embarrassment during a charity football match.
The annual World Stars match takes place at Monaco’s Stade Louis-II each year before the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix and has featured a number of motorsport legends including Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
Leclerc had a nightmare after his arrival (/caption)
This year’s edition saw both Ferrari drivers line up, along with fellow competitors Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly, while F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali even put on his gloves in goal.
The famous faces didn’t stop there, with tennis great Daniil Medvedev in the opposing team, as well as former Southampton and Leicester manager Claude Puel.
The charity team ‘Team Children’ away led 1-0 at the break but the game ended up being a 3-3 thriller with Sainz scoring twice to help the F1 drivers’ squad secure a comeback .
Real Madrid fan Sainz is known to be exceptional at golf and padel, and he didn’t look out of place on a football pitch either as the former AC Milan and Inter’s Giampaolo Pazzini assisted his goals.
Sainz’s only downside was an apparent injury picked up during the game, with photographers capturing him on the bench with heavy straps on his thigh, as he was seen grimacing after the game ended.
Ferrari hopes any pain won’t hamper Sainz’s Monaco Grand Prix preparations days later, with the track known to be one of the most demanding on the calendar as cars are pushed within millimeters of the barriers.
For teammate Leclerc, things didn’t go so well, with the Monaco native kept off the scoresheet, and even hilariously faceplanting shortly after his arrival, which quickly became an online meme. .
Posting the image on Instagram, Leclerc wrote: “I have a natural football talent that very few have.”