The Austrian Grand Prix can be added to the list of tricky races for Ferrari. Carlos Sainz can say that he is delivering, finishing once again ahead of his renowned teammate. On the Monegasque side, there is to say that Charles Leclerc was sent off track twice by Red Bull’s driver Sergio Perez.
The Mexican was too aggressive on the final part of Turn 4 during the lap 41 when they were fighting to get the eighth position. He has been punished with 10 seconds of penalty for the two incidents. Leclerc reacted furiously on the track, with his adrenaline racing through his veins.
Asked by Sky Sports, the Monegasque criticized Perez’s racing through this Grand Prix.
“Was Perez too aggressive? Yes, he was – the Ferrari driver states – That’s why he got those penalties. For us, for the race, he has put us in difficulty.”
“However, - he continues - this was the way it was. But, on the other hand, I like racing like that, and I like racing on the limit, but today he just went too far. That could be heard over the team-radio, under the heat of the moment and adrenaline’s effect. Maybe, I went too far too but of course he did.”
However, the incidents with Perez were not the only problems that Leclerc faced. The whole race in Austria concluded in an unsatisfying performance for the Prancing Horse, and Leclerc talked about that too.
“I was hoping for something better for today – he said – That’s not a bad result, after all, we came home with a good pace. It has been a very hard race for me , we had the same strategy of the ones ahead. That has been our greatest limit today.”
Then, the Monegasque admitted that Ferrari’s troubles are clearly not over yet, and the Prancing Horse still has very much to work on.
“I am sorry to say that, but I still have to give the same answer from one year and a half: we are working on reducing the gap. We hope so much to go back and fight for the win as soon as possible. We will keep pushing at 200 %. Our goal is to work well without panicking.”