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Leclerc: I don’t normally ask these type of things

Leclerc: I don’t normally ask these type of things

Leclerc: I don’t normally ask these type of things
Charles Leclerc claimed he wouldn’t have asked Ferrari to swap him with Carlos Sainz had that option not been discussed before the race, as he doesn’t usually asked for such things.

Charles Leclerc had a tough weekend in Brazil on his way to fourth in the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, qualifying tenth on Friday after a Ferrari tyre choice blunder. He finished the Sprint Race sixth on Saturday.

Early in Sunday’s Grand Prix, Leclerc got tapped into a spin by McLaren’s Lando Norris who received a five-second penalty for the incident.

The Ferrari driver got running after the incident and pulled off a strong drive to take fourth, which he intimated his team to make third over the radio, hoping they would ask teammate Carlos Sainz who was third to swap positions.

The team denied the Monegasque, who after the race justified his request; telling Formula 1’s official website: “I don’t normally ask these type of things.

“But we had these discussions prior to the race, so that’s why I asked about it. For some reason we changed our mind on that – I don’t know yet, the reason.”

The battle for runner up continues in Abu Dhabi

This means Leclerc is level on points with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez as they head to Abu Dhabi fighting for runner up in the F1 Drivers’ Championship.

“Hopefully we will be quick enough in Abu Dhabi to get that second place [in the standings]. I just hope we won’t be lacking the second place by three points or something like that,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tight battle with Checo (Perez) and I look forward to racing in Abu Dhabi where I’ll give it my all for one last time this season.”

“All in all, with my performance, I’m happy,” Leclerc reflected. “Obviously the first lap [after the restart] I need to rewatch the images.

“I felt like I left enough space for Lando, but I think he had a moment and touched me, and then I went into the wall.

“Towards the end, we had good pace and we finished P4, which is a great result overall,” the Ferrari ace maintained.