BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 31: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 31, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc is furious with Ferrari’s qualifying disaster at Spa, and how it eventually led them to score little points in the weekend.

Leclerc and his teammate Carlos Sainz were both knocked out in Q2, and failed to get into the top 10. Luckily for them, the string of penalties other drivers had to take ensured that the Ferrari pair finished with points.

But Leclerc was absolutely furious with the performance. The driver was not impressed with the team’s decision to stop before the other cars, and was angry with Ferrari’s qualifying disaster.

“F**k. For me guys, we f**ked up, but let’s talk about it later,” Leclerc fumed on his team radio.

“I don’t understand why we stopped. We had nothing to lose. We were in a good place and everyone stayed out.” 

His race engineer replied, “Copy. We will talk later, but some guys stopped even later than us for new tires.”

Leclerc concurred with his race engineer and said, “Yeah, that’s what I mean. I didn’t want to stop that early.” 

Retrospect

Leclerc calmed down afterwards, and said he understood the decision to pit early.

“I think in qualifying we weren’t that bad; I think we maybe went a little bit early in the last run of Q2 with the tires, but in the car I was frustrated,” Charles said

“But I have to say now I completely understand the choice once the team explained (to) me the reason. There was some rain on the radar, and it’s always so difficult to know if it’s going to be five minutes early or five minutes late and today it was five minutes late.

“It’s life, it’s part of racing, and tomorrow we’ll try to maximize the race result,” he concluded.

The half points Leclerc and Sainz got will be of some relief, but Ferrari will be smarting from McLaren’s performance. Daniel Ricciardo finished P4, and earned more points, sending McLaren above Ferrari for the time being.

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