Charles Leclerc has denied "absolutely untrue" rumours about Ferrari following the team's difficult weekend at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Monegasque was forced to retire from the race on Lap 41 due to an electrical issue, and it has since been confirmed that he will take a grid penalty at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after having to take on a third control electronics unit.
Following this, various rumours have emerged about internal happenings at the team, ranging from Leclerc supposedly requesting a meeting with Ferrari chairman John Elkann to speculation over the future of Racing Director Laurent Mekies.
When asked about the rumours, Leclerc insisted that the majority are "completely unfounded".
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"Absolutely untrue," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com, when quizzed on the speculation.
"There have been loads of rumours around the team which, for once, 90 per cent of them were completely unfounded.
"I don’t know from where it is coming from and to be honest I don’t want to even spend any energy on trying to find from where it’s coming from.
"We just need to be on it and focus on ourselves."
Leclerc suggested that the image created of Ferrari via the rumours is "not at all" like the reality within the squad.
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