Weekend of sport: AS Monaco beat Brest, but a disappointed Leclerc fails to start at Brazil GP

With three consecutive wins for AS Monaco, the team now sits in a comfortable third place in the Ligue 1 rankings. It’s a different story for a dejected Charles Leclerc, however, who crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix before he’d even reached his front row start position.


The Brazilian Grand Prix on 5th November turned out to be a disaster for hometown hero Charles Leclerc.  

After departing the pit for his P2 start on the front row of the track in São Paolo, the Ferrari driver was sent spinning into the barriers during the formation lap, which ended any chance of a win before the race had even begun. 

“During the formation lap, Charles experienced an issue with one of our car systems which led to a loss of hydraulics supply, meaning he had no power steering and no gearbox command,” said representatives for the Scuderia Ferrari team following the incident. “Unfortunately, this meant there wasn’t anything he could have done to control the car and avoid spinning into the wall. After a long three weeks, we’ll recharge and set our sights on a strong finish to the 2023 season.” 

A disappointed Leclerc also lamented his situation, admitting on social media that the DNS “hurts”. 

“Disappointed to say the least. Lost the power steering and the engine power on the formation lap. It hurts because today was a great opportunity for us,” said a disappointed Charles Leclerc on social media. Photo via Instagram

“I’m focused on the last two races of the season now, we won’t give up and will fight to finish with the best constructors’ classification result we can achieve,” said the Monegasque driver. “I will give it everything in Las Vegas.” 

The Brazilian Grand Prix was ultimately won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, followed by second place Lando Norris of McLaren and third place Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin.  


A much better result awaited the AS Monaco football team, who are firmly back in the saddle with a third consecutive win in the Ligue 1, and it was in a home fixture against Brest that the Monegasque side took victory (2-0) on 5th November.  

The first goal was at 16 minutes in, when Denis Zakaria made his first goal for his new team, with an assist by Aleksandr Golovin. The second was a top corner beauty made by Golovin, sewing up the win for Monaco.  

The result puts Monaco a single point away from the Number Two rank, currently held by Paris Saint Germain, and only two behind frontrunners Nice. 

Denis Zakaria scored his first goal for AS Monaco over the weekend. Photo source: AS Monaco, Facebook


Also on this last weekend was the 2023 Tennis Europe Junior Masters, which was held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club from 2nd to 5th November.  

The tournament ended with the Czech Republic’s Jana Kovackova winning over Poland’s Barbara Kostecka in the Girls U14 and Daniel Jade from France taking the top title in the Boys U14 after beating Kaan Isak Kosaner from Turkey.  

In the U16 division, it was Germany’s Jeline Vandromme who beat out Gala Ivanovic of Serbia, while Kolos Kincses took home the win for Hungary in a solid game against Sweden’s Linus Lagerbohm.  


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