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Sainz: Leclerc complains too many times

Sainz: Leclerc complains too many times

Sainz: Leclerc complains too many times

Carlos Sainz Jr. has ignited a feud with Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, as they blamed each other for damaging contact during the Spanish Grand Prix.

Scuderia Ferrari were far from competing for victory around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes all had an advantage over the Italian team throughout the weekend.

Leclerc and Sainz lined up fifth and sixth respectively after a lacklustre Qualifying performance, and the race didn’t go much better for the pair as they finished exactly where they started.

Contact between the teammates early on in the race resulted in minor damage to Leclerc’s front wing and a Race Stewards’ investigation into Sainz for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. The latter was not penalised for the overtake. Max Verstappen won his 61st Formula 1 race for Championship leaders Red Bull.

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There have been several on-track battles between the Ferrari drivers in recent Grand Prix, which may now be starting to boil over. Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the Spanish Grand Prix, Sainz didn’t hold back on his opinion of Leclerc.

He said: “Too many times after the race he complains about something. Honestly, at this point of the season, I was on the attack.

“We were on a used soft tyre. I passed Charles… I don’t know if he made a mistake or was just managing a bit too much. I think I was trying to do what was required as a driver. He elected to manage more,” exclaimed the Spaniard.

We will have a discussion

Sainz: Leclerc complains too many times

Leclerc opted for a more subdued assessment of his battle with Sainz: “It’s okay. We will have a discussion, obviously. I’m sure everything will be fine.

“We discussed beforehand that it was the part of the race where we had to manage the tyres as much as possible. Carlos took that opportunity to overtake, which is a shame as that put us on the back foot and damaged my front wing.

“It was a small damage but everything makes a difference. When you see how close we were at the end it’s a shame,” added the Monegasque driver.

Despite winning the Monaco Grand Prix less than one month ago, Leclerc admits that his and Ferrari’s recent form won’t be good enough to win either Championship this year. He continued: “We tried everything. I don’t think we maximised our race as a a team.

“We are missing pace but it is the way it is. We weren’t fast enough,” Leclerc lamented.

Big Question: Can Ferrari reignite their Title challenge at the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix, commencing Sunday 30 June?