At the foot of the podium in the British Grand Prix won by his teammate Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc is very frustrated with his result, when he was in contention for victory. He was seen in discussions with his boss at Ferrari Mattia Binotto on the finish line.
An intervention full of frustration. Interviewed by Canal+ after the spectacular British Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc did not hide his disappointment after his fourth place. Despite the first victory of his team-mate Carlos Sainz, the Monegasque driver failed at the foot of the podium following a questionable strategic choice.
“I was asked to stay on track so that’s what I did”
On the 39th lap of the race, Ocon’s single-seater lost power and forced the deployment of the safety car for a safe return to the pits. Ferrari tells its leader to stay on track with worn tires. A decision obviously not understood by Leclerc. “We could (change the tyres), afterwards I was asked to stay on track so that’s what I did” he says, visibly very annoyed.
The third in the driver standings confirms that he “among other things” discussed this strategy with his boss Mattia Binotto on the finish line. The image of the two men in discussion circulated after the race, with closed faces, contrasting with Sainz’s smile at the same time.
Binotto: “A choice had to be made” between Leclerc and Sainz
“We thought that there would not have been the margin to stop the two so a choice had to be made, Binotto then justifies himself at the microphone of Canal +. We left Charles out because he was in the lead, he had the freshest tires of the two and on top of that Carlos behind could try to protect him in the first two corners. We knew that the soft would go quickly but we hoped that they would have deteriorated, which was not the case. »
“Honestly, I’m very disappointed especially in the first part of the race,” adds Leclerc very briefly. I feel like I wasted a lot of time. We are going to look at it with the team but we are very disappointed”. Asked about the missed opportunity to catch up on Max Verstappen, only seventh in the race, the Monegasque delivered a hasty analysis to say the least before turning his back on the microphone: “yes”.