“Not Going to Lie”: Amid Rosberg’s Civil War Prediction, Sainz Makes Shocking Assessment on Leclerc’s Position

Published 09/05/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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Just as Captain America and Iron Man clashed in the iconic “Civil War,” the recent clash between the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the Italian GP has a compelling resonance. The pair engaged in intense wheel-to-wheel combat, pushing the boundaries of racing, and nearly touching each other on multiple occasions. In the end, Sainz emerged victorious, securing P3, while Leclerc had to settle for fourth. However, it was Charles Leclerc‘s post-race comments that drew attention. He spoke of his enjoyment in the fierce battle, reminiscent of their karting days, but not everyone shared his sentiment.

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Nico Rosberg despite jinxing their race with his selfie according to the Tifosi, couldn’t help but question Leclerc’s perspective on the race. Rosberg found something “a bit strange” about Leclerc’s take on the intense battle. He wondered whether Leclerc’s response was genuine or if there was more to the story. Rosberg pointed out a specific incident during the race when Carlos Sainz had locked up on the inside, went off the track, and took Leclerc with him. This raised concerns for Rosberg, who believed that such actions among teammates were crossing the line. Rosberg expressed his doubts, saying, “I was looking and thinking, ‘is this genuine, what’s going on now?’ Yes, I think it was. So I’m struggling. Is he too nice? What’s going on?”

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Amid the scrutiny of Rosberg’s skepticism, the driver at the heart of the intense battle, Carlos Sainz expressed his perspective on the matter, according to Formula Passion, he stated, “If I had been Charles in the position of having to fight for a podium finish, obviously I wouldn’t have liked the team orders. So it completely depends on the location where you are. I’m not going to lie, in my position I would have wanted them, not in Charles’s. I think it was a borderline decision, but it was a good fight between teammates, tough, from F1, which is also ultimately what you guys want to see. And I enjoyed living it.” [translated via Google]

The clash between Sainz and Leclerc not only provided a thrilling spectacle for fans but also raised intriguing questions about the dynamics within the team. But Sainz’s insight into the differing perspectives of teammates involved in a battle for supremacy offers a rare glimpse into the minds of racing competitors. It underscores the inherent tension between individual ambition and team harmony. But what were the specific words that left Rosberg questioning Leclerc’s perspective on the fierce battle?

Charles Leclerc’s remark under scrutiny

Following the intense showdown at Monza, Charles Leclerc couldn’t contain his excitement and joy. He reminisced, “This is what racing should be all the time in my opinion, This reminds me of the karting days when we were all on the limits. I personally really enjoyed it. There were so many moments were it was really trick. But I don’t complain, this is why I love racing. The adrenaline you feel fighting each other, it was really fun.” Leclerc spoke of the thrill of battling wheel-to-wheel, capturing the essence of what makes F1 so captivating.

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However, it was a particular statement from Leclerc that didn’t sit well with Nico Rosberg. Leclerc casually mentioned, “I had such a lovely fight and had a great day and I’m going to have a beer with Carlos, we’re gonna have a laugh.” While these words might seem like typical camaraderie between teammates after a hard-fought race, Rosberg found something “a bit strange” in them.

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Vidhita is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. Driven by her deep passion for motorsports and a love for the exhilaration of speed. Since 2016, she has been captivated by the world of F1 after watching a race with a relative, and her fascination has only grown stronger over the years.
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