“We F**ked Up” – Charles Leclerc Insinuates Ferrari F1 Blunder at Belgian GP Qualifying

Published 08/29/2021, 4:56 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 01: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Ferrari had a disappointing qualifying session at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. Both of the team’s drivers were knocked out in Q2 and failed to progress in the session. Charles Leclerc was especially angry with the lack of performance.

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He expressed his feelings on the radio to his team after finishing his lap in Q2. The Monegasque driver finished the session in P11 and was surprised to not go through to the Q3.

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I don’t understand why we stopped: Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc was left fuming with the strategy of the Italian team as he demanded some answers on his radio. He mentioned he did not understand the team’s decision to stop before other cars.

F***. For me guys, we F***ed up, but let’s talk about it later,” said Charles on his team radio.

I don’t understand why we stopped. We had nothing to lose. We were in a good place and everyone stayed out.” continued the Ferrari driver.

His race engineer responded, “Copy. We will talk later, but some guys stopped even later than us four new tires.” Charles agreed with his race engineer and replied,” Yeah, that’s what I mean. I didn’t want to stop that early.” 

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Charles Leclerc explained his frustration as he mentioned he thought that qualifying was not that bad. But he accepted he understands the decision of the team to pit early in the qualifying.

“I think in qualifying we weren’t that bad; I think we maybe went a little bit early in the last run of Q2 with the tires, but in the car I was frustrated,” Charles said.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during qualifying REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“But I have to say now I completely understand the choice once the team explained [to] me the reason. There was some rain on the radar and it’s always so difficult to know if it’s going to be five minutes early or five minutes late and today it was five minutes late. It’s life, it’s part of racing, and tomorrow we’ll try to maximize the race result,” he said.

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Leclerc will start the race in P9 because of the penalties to Norris and Bottas. He would hope to make up some ground early to challenge for the podium in the race.

Can Leclerc get a podium in the race? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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