Zandvoort European F3: Charles Leclerc could be sidelined by crash

Formula 3 European Championship leader Charles Leclerc faces a nervous wait over whether his car will be passed fit to race in Sunday's third race of the weekend at Zandvoort

Zandvoort European F3: Charles Leclerc could be sidelined by crash

The Monegasque crashed out of fifth place in race two when a right-rear trackrod broke in the 140mph Scheivlak right-hander.

While Leclerc has been cleared by doctors to race on Sunday, his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen has sustained heavy damage in the impact, with the biggest concern over the monocoque.

Now the Dutch team will have to wait on the verdict of championship technical delegate Robert Maas when the car is presented on Saturday evening for scrutineering.

NEWS UPDATE: Leclerc cleared to race on Sunday

The trackrod broke as a direct result of a startline collision between Leclerc and Lance Stroll, who has been heavily criticised for some incidents this season, and served a one-race ban at Spa.

"At first I was really angry with Lance," said Leclerc, "but then I saw the video.

"It looks more the fault of [Markus] Pommer, who moved to the right."

The crash leaves Leclerc, who has qualified 10th for race three due to problems with tyre wear, just nine and a half points clear of Antonio Giovinazzi.

Carlin driver Giovinazzi has taken a win and a second in the weekend's first two races.

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