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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc irate over latest Ferrari blunder: We waited for rain that never came

After being the only driver to start Q3 on the Intermediate tyres, Charles Leclerc will start the F1 Sprint race in Brazil in 10th place.

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Charles Leclerc was irate about the Ferrari strategical error which cost the team a shot at Pole for during Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying.

The Ferrari driver was the only one to emerge at the start of Q3 on Intermediate tyres, with drivers queuing up in anticipation of rain.

Even though the skies looked threatening, the initial few minutes of the session were dry enough for slicks.

Leclerc laments the decision, believing that the pace was there to challenge for Pole.

"We were expecting some rain which never came," he said after qualifying.

"I will speak with the team and try to understand what we can do better in those conditions. I'm extremely disappointed, but the pace was there.

"For now, we need to get on with it and still do everything good for the rest of the weekend."

Leclerc shows frustration with decision over team radio

Despite spotting that it was too dry and telling the team on his outlap, his engineer told him initially to stay out.

Then as he passed the pit entry, Leclerc was told to box for slicks, a call which came too late.

The onboard cameras show the Ferrari driver gesticulating to the pit wall, and subsequently following up over team radio to his engineer.

"Did everyone complete a lap on slicks?" he asked his engineer. "Yes" they replied.

"Guys, beautiful, f****** beautiful," he responded sarcastically.

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