Ferrari driver Charles LeClerc lost out on a win in Austria and a chance to break Mercedes‘ winning streak. In the end, the honour of the latter went to Max Verstappen after the two had a coming together. Fortunately, there was no harm done and the stewards also elected to not punish the Dutchman.
However, Charles LeClerc felt that there was a sense of inconsistency in the ruling by the FIA. In light of being outmuscled last time, LeClerc has vowed to adopt a more aggressive stance.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Silverstone GP weekend getting underway, the Monaco native admitted that he learned a lot.
“I think with the incident, I don’t have any problems and it was very easy for me to move on,” he told reporters. “The only thing is that I would like maybe a bit more consistency.
“I feel like there have been some other incidents in the past which have been less big, in a way, and that have been penalised,” her continued. “If we can race that way, I’m more than happy to race that way. I think it’s good for Formula 1. I think it’s what us drivers want.”
“We just need to know what we can expect from the others, and on that, I think that’s why I would like probably more consistency on the penalties.
“I’m happy that we can now race like this,” he added. “I just want it to be consistent. If it’s consistent, I’m very happy to be racing like this.”
“As drivers, we always try to be as close as the rules limit us to be. So I will definitely change a little bit and adjust a little bit my aggression.”
Later on, Charles LeClerc was asked about a recent video which showed the pair clashing in a kart race in 2012. Over there, Verstappen claimed that he was forced off track while Leclerc called it was a racing incident.
“Yeah, it is quite funny,” he replied, “I’ve seen it everywhere on social media.
“I think it was completely the other way around when I was saying it was an incident and he was saying that I pushed him off-track,” he added. “Now seven years later it’s the same, but the other way around, in Formula 1, both of us driving for two top teams.
“It reminds me at least the road that we have done together since these times, we were kids, dreaming of one day being in Formula 1, and now we are fighting each other in Formula 1. That’s great to see.”