Charles Leclerc fumes at Carlos Sainz in Monaco

Charles Leclerc was summoned to the stewards after qualifying third at the 2023 Monaco GP.

Charles Leclerc was left furious with team-mate Carlos Sainz in the closing stages of Q1 on Saturday at the Monaco Grand Prix, with the Spaniard having been slow to get out of the way of the flying Monegasque.

As a result of extraordinary track evolution, the times continued to tumble in Q1 right up until the chequered flag was waved, meaning almost every single driver had to push until the final seconds.

This included both Leclerc and Sainz, with the latter having been at risk of an early elimination.

Both Ferrari drivers ultimately navigated their way all the way to Q3 as expected; however, Sainz made life challenging for Leclerc towards the end of Q1.

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As Leclerc approached the swimming pool section at high-speed, Sainz was just ahead on the racing-line preparing for his own push lap, in a bid to safely progress to Q2.

Leclerc rapidly got onto the back of Sainz as he entered Turns 15 and 16, with Sainz having darted out of Leclerc’s way at the last second as the Spaniard exited Turn 16 at a slow pace.

The incident infuriated Leclerc, who was quick to complain over the radio.

“Carlos, come on,” complained Leclerc over the team radio.

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“Yes we’ve seen it,” replied Leclerc’s race engineer.

Leclerc went on to qualify third whilst Sainz could only salvage fifth; however, the home hero could be facing a grid penalty after being summoned to the stewards.

The 25-year-old was summoned to the stewards following Q3 due to an incident in the tunnel with Lando Norris, who was heavily impeded by the Ferrari driver.

Leclerc was cruising through the tunnel on the racing-line whilst travelling at a slower speed, whilst Norris was rapidly approaching on a hot lap.

The Ferrari driver failed to get out of the McLaren driver’s way, hurting Norris’ hopes of finishing higher than P10.

It certainly does look like Leclerc blocked Norris, meaning a grid penalty is likely coming the way of the home driver.

He was scheduled to see the stewards at 17:00 GMT, to discover his fate.

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Prior to being summoned to the stewards, Leclerc explained how he was “not satisfied” to have qualified third, with the Monegasque having failed to claim a third consecutive podium at the Circuit de Monaco.

“I’m not satisfied with P3,” Leclerc admitted in his post qualifying interview.

“Tricky qualifying weekend, struggled a lot with the car. I was more at ease in qualifying, we were very close to pole. I would have preferred first of course.”