Spanish GP: Leclerc Explains Getting ‘Angry’ at Ferrari Over Team Radio

Published 05/10/2021, 5:50 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Third placed finisher Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari looks dejected in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Will Taylor-Medhurst/Getty Images)


Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc couldn’t have hoped for a better Spanish Grand Prix. He secured a P4 finish in Barcelona, and one of his highlights was his move on Valtteri Bottas for P3 in the opening lap.

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While Leclerc was content with P4, there’s a part of him that wanted to go for the podium. That part of him showed in his anger with his team, who weren’t giving him the information he needed.

F1 drivers are under an immense amount of pressure when they’re competing, and that is even more intense this year with the mid-field battle getting competitive. Moreover, when you factor in the challenge Ferrari are facing this year, trying to regain their lost glory, Leclerc’s anger seems all the more justified.

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Charles Leclerc wanted to know Bottas’ pace, got Ricciardo’s instead

When he was driving ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Bottas, the 23-year-old felt that Ferrari’s update of Ricciardo’s pace was needless. Instead, he wanted to be aware of the Finn’s pace since he was a bigger threat for the podium.

Speaking to Sky Italy, as quotes by Planet F1, the Monegasque explained his emotion at the time, Indeed on the radio I got angry because they kept telling me the times of Ricciardo, but I wanted the ones of Bottas behind me because I wanted to aim for the podium.

“There was optimism but in the end, I wanted to try, but we didn’t make it.”

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Ferrari got their strategy right on Sunday

Leclerc was happy with the strategy that Ferrari implemented on Sunday, calling it ‘the perfect race.’ He said, “Honestly today we did the perfect race. We didn’t make any mistakes, the strategy was good, the tyre management was good as well.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

The 23-year-old also pointed out the improvement he has made in tire management as a key takeaway from the race. He said, “I’m working a lot on that. In 2019 I was really weak on that and we saw that because I had many poles but not a lot of wins. That was my fault. So I’ll keep working on that, but for sure I already made a huge step forward.”

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With the next race in his hometown of Monaco, Leclerc will look forward to making an impact. Can he put the red car on the podium in 13 days’ time?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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