Charles Leclerc lashes out at Carlos Sainz in Monaco

Carlos Sainz qualified fifth for the Monaco GP, two places behind Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc.

For the second time this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc almost came together at the Swimming pool section of the Circuit de Monaco, to the frustration of the home hero.

Leclerc qualified third on Saturday but was left frustrated with his team-mate towards the end of Q1, who moved out of the way at the very last second.

As the Monegasque approached Turns 15 and 16 on a hot lap, Sainz was just ahead of the 25-year-old whilst preparing for his own push lap; albeit, on the racing-line.

Sainz ultimately darted out of the way at the final second on the exit of Turn 16, much to Leclerc’s annoyance.

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

“Yes we’ve seen it,” replied the home driver’s race engineer.

It wasn’t the first time that the pair had almost collided at that section of the legendary circuit, with Leclerc having impeded Sainz in FP2 on Friday.

During FP2, Sainz flew through Turns 13 and 14 before having to suddenly reduce his speed considerably, with Leclerc having been cruising on the racing-line.

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It was seemingly a case of miscommunication between Ferrari and Leclerc, something which perhaps happened again in Q3 on Saturday.

Leclerc was summoned to the stewards following the conclusion of qualifying following an incident with McLaren’s Lando Norris, who he appeared to block in the tunnel.

The Ferrari driver was cruising again on the racing-line as Norris rapidly approached, before the Briton was forced to slam on the brakes.

Many expect Leclerc to receive a grid penalty for impeding Norris, who had to bail on one of his only push laps in Q3 as a result.

Should Leclerc receive a grid penalty, then it’ll all but end his hopes for a home podium, something he’s never achieved.

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Leclerc’s only finished one race at his home race, with that having come last season after securing fourth.

Remarkably, Leclerc has started the last two Monaco races from pole position, something he came close to on Saturday once again.

He was ultimately beaten by Fernando Alonso and reigning World Champion Max Verstappen, who secured pole position.