Charles Leclerc, a Crestfallon, inadvertently criticized his Ferrari team on Sunday because of their misleading tactics and misleading communication that cost him a potential win at his home Monaco Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old Monegasque driver finished fourth after occupying an influential leading position from pole position, as the Red Bull won with superior strategic decision and helped Sergio Perez claim his first win of the year.
After winning the 2020 Sakhi Grand Prix in Baku and the 2021 race, Carlos Senz and his Red Bull teammate led world champion Max Verstapen to his third career victory in this Mexican second Ferrari.
Leclerc’s race was tied to a faulty pit-stop call when he landed behind a ‘double-stack’ Sange because Ferrari wanted to switch to slick dry tires in the changed situation.
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But when he got inside, the team realized that the rivals were doing the same thing Red Bull was doing to their ‘under-cutting’ and tried to change their decision and asked him to stay out because he was ready to regain his leadership.
“I don’t understand what has changed our minds,” Leclerc said. “We got‘ undercut ’and then stuck behind Carlos. There were many mistakes and we can’t do that.
“I used to go home frustrated, but we can’t do that, especially now, where we are very strong. We have to take the opportunity. We can’t lose points like this.
“I love my team. We will come back stronger, but it hurts a lot. ‘
He added that it was not just a change of direction, but a key decision to replace him with a ‘slick’ dry tire from the middle.
“The first was a clear decision and a very wrong one. From then on the riots started. I don’t know if it was panic – I don’t hear all the background stuff in the team so it’s not up to me to judge.
“The last message to me was not clear because I was told to come in and then stay out, but I was already in Pitt Lane – and then I posted it on the radio because I knew it was done.”
Asked by Sky Sports, he was cautious if he thought Ferrari was disappointed.
“It’s not a word of humiliation,” he said. “Sometimes it can be wrong, but today a lot has gone wrong.”
Sainz was also disappointed and claimed that he might have won if he had not been left behind by a slow-moving car from his pit stop.
“It paid off for me,” Spaniard said. “We made the right call, pitted for hard tires, but the out-lap has never been easier. I won’t complain too much. In this game, you have to spend. “
Ferrari team boss Matia Binotto said he understood Leclerc’s frustration.
“Overall, this is a disappointing result and a tough competition,” he said. “I understand Charles’s frustration – he thinks there was something wrong with our decision.
“I think we underestimated the speed of the middle tire and we should have let him go for longer, perhaps later. Mistakes happen and more importantly, we need to understand why. ”
Binotto added that Ferrari felt the Red Bull had broken the rules by crossing a yellow line as it exited Pitt Lane. The race marshals, however, later denied Ferrari’s allegations.
Binotto admits the team made other mistakes, including leaving Sange and Leclerc in a difficult track position.
“It simply came to our notice then. We made a mistake and I will take responsibility. “
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