Leclerc backtracks after sarcastic Sainz jibe

Tension between Ferrari’s race drivers spilled out into the public after qualifying in Melbourne. Having qualified just seventh, two places behind his teammate, Charles Leclerc criticised Carlos Sainz for blocking him on a fast lap. “Thanks to Carlos for the slipstream through turns 3 and 4,” he sarcastically told the French broadcaster Canal Plus. Apparently, Spaniard Sainz heard about Leclerc’s sarcastic remark both on the Ferrari radio to his engineers but also to Canal Plus, and confronted the Monaco-born driver in the media ‘pen’. “I wasn’t putting it all together so it was my fault,” he said. Sainz said he was actually happier with the car in Melbourne compared to Bahrain and Jeddah. “We’ve tried a lot of things and while I wouldn’t say we’ve turned it upside down, we’ve changed it a lot.

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