Why Charles Leclerc is furious with Carlos Sainz

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz clashed at the 2023 British GP.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz certainly weren’t over the moon with each other after qualifying at the British Grand Prix, following an incident in the closing stages of Q1.

Ferrari have looked quick all weekend at the Silverstone International Circuit; however, mixed conditions at the start of qualifying meant nobody was safe from an early elimination.

A red flag with just over three minutes remaining resulted in a thrilling end to the opening part of qualifying, after Kevin Magnussen grinded to a halt.

With the spits of rain having stopped during the red flag stoppage, the track actually dried whilst the 19 remaining drivers sat in the pits, something which saw lap times tumble at the end of the session.

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It was seemingly a case of whoever started their final lap last would have the best track conditions, with Ferrari having kept Leclerc and Sainz towards the back of the pack.

The entire situation was poorly managed by Ferrari, as they initially asked Sainz to let Leclerc overtake him in the pit-lane prior to rejoining the circuit.

When Q1 resumed, Leclerc was third with Sainz in fourth, leaving the Spaniard confused as to why the team asked him to “sacrifice the temperature” of his Soft tyres.

“It’s unfair that you ask me, so I’ll sacrifice the temperature of my tyres. Also, I’m fourth and he’s third, so I’m more at risk,” insisted Sainz, after letting Leclerc past in the pits.

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Sainz was clearly very annoyed and opted to overtake Leclerc as they slowed for the final few corners, where several drivers were slowing down to create some space.

Leclerc wasn’t pleased with his team-mate and sarcastically congratulated him on the “good overtake”.

“Nice Carlos, Nice, good overtake in the last corner…” Leclerc sarcastically said over the team radio.

Both Ferrari drivers ultimately made it out of Q1, with the pair having gone on to progress to Q3.

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In Q3, Leclerc claimed fourth with Sainz in fifth, at the venue where the Spanish driver claimed his first F1 victory at last season.

Astonishingly, both Ferrari drivers qualified behind McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, who enjoyed a brilliant session.

At the front and it was Max Verstappen who secured a fifth consecutive pole position, with him very much being the clear favourite for victory on Sunday.