‘His radio team was totally useless’: Charles Leclerc on Carlos Sainz tensions

Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc came to blows at the 2023 British GP.

Ferrari endured yet another weekend to forget at the British Grand Prix, as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz both languished towards the bottom of the top 10.

Not for the first-time this season, the Maranello-based team got their strategy completely wrong, something which cost both drivers.

Due to tyre degradation having been surprisingly low, a Medium-Hard strategy was the wrong option, yet it was still what Ferrari went for.

As a result, both drivers struggled for pace in the closing stages at the Silverstone International Circuit, leaving Leclerc to finish ninth with Sainz in P10.

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Considering they started the race fourth and fifth, it was a disastrous weekend for the Italians.

Even qualifying wasn’t simple for the team, despite their positive result on Saturday.

In Q1, Ferrari instructed Sainz to let Leclerc overtake him in the pit-lane, something which infuriated the Spaniard who was below the 25-year-old on the leaderboard at the time.

“What you asked me to do there is a bit unfair, it made me lose the temperature of the tyres. Plus I’m more at risk. I’m fourth, he’s third,” Sainz said over the team radio during qualifying.

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Sainz’s anger was visible, as he dived down the inside of Leclerc at Club Corner, as both drivers prepared to start their final flying lap.

Both drivers obviously made it through to Q2 and then into Q3; however, Leclerc sarcastically congratulated Sainz on the overtake at the time.

After qualifying, Leclerc insisted that whilst the incident was “not ideal”, it had “no influence” on the session.

Despite this, it clearly annoyed both drivers.

“What happened in the pitlane was expected, because we always try to get the cars out at the same time, to then manage them in the better way,” Leclerc said after qualifying.

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“Then on the track we found ourselves a bit tight on times and it was difficult to understand if we would be able to start the lap before the checkered flag.

“Carlos decided to overtake, which is not ideal and we will discuss it. But still, this action had no influence on qualifying and it’s not a problem.

“Of course, I understand that with the adrenaline in the car you don’t know if you’re going to make it, but his radio team was totally useless.”