Reports From Italy Report Clashes Between Charles Leclerc and Ferrari F1 Boss

Published 09/18/2021, 5:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrives ahead of testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


There is a storm brewing out of Ferrari amidst the spotting of an unusual fall-out between the team principal and one of the drivers over the Italian Grand Prix weekend. This isn’t something the Tifosi would want to hear, especially considering that the Maranello outfit are just starting to creep their way back up to the top.

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According to multiple sources, the paddock in Monza witnessed a quarrel between Mattia Binotto and Charles Leclerc. On Friday, the duo’s argument garnered a lot of attention and led to multiple speculations.

Of course, the fact that Binotto is the boss and Leclerc is a driver working under the Italian’s governance suggests that it isn’t much of a concern. Quarrels happen! Disagreements happen! However, according to FanPage.It, the issue does hold the capability to blow up to an unimaginable level in the future.

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How big was the tension in Ferrari?

Well, apparently, quite big. Both Leclerc and Binotto were animated, taking ugly digs at each other. And this eventually caught the attention of bystanders including Nicholas Todt, the son of FIA president Jean Todt, who sprung into action to calm the duo, finally bringing brief peace to the Ferrari garage.

Sources claim that the Monza tension wasn’t necessarily the first of such kind. Instead, there have been such fall-outs quite frequently over the past few months.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Of course, the quarrel at Monza could well be the reason behind Leclerc’s mysterious break midway through FP2, who looked quite ill. The Monegasque had complained of nausea and headache, which may have aggravated out of the tension.

Why did Charles Leclerc argue with his boss?

One might reckon that the argument has something to do with Leclerc’s performance this season. But, that wouldn’t make sense, as the Monegasque has looked absolutely at the top of his game since the start of 2021, albeit the rare on-track mistakes.

So, what could have triggered this fall-out? Well, according to FanPage, Leclerc is unhappy with the way things are going on in Ferrari. It looks like Binotto is encouraging the “promotion” of the new entrant, Carlos Sainz, as a point of reference for the outfit’s technical reference.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc arrive for testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

This is because the Italian reportedly suggested that Sainz was more reliable than Leclerc, which the latter was obviously displeased with.

Overall, this shouldn’t be a cause of concern for Ferrari, especially amidst Leclerc’s desperation to extend his already huge contract. So, will the duo manage to put an end to this fallout in the coming weeks? We’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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