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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc makes ‘weird’ accusation about Red Bull and McLaren

Charles Leclerc has made a claim against Red Bull and McLaren after Ferrari's defeat at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc has accused Red Bull and McLaren of "doing something weird" with their engines after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Leclerc started third behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen and McLaren's Lando Norris at Imola, and finished there, eight seconds behind Verstappen who was reeled in by Norris in the closing stages. 

Ferrari brought a sizeable upgrade package to Imola, which appeared to work well during Friday practice, but the Scuderia slipped back in qualifying and the race, a weakness Leclerc identified.

But the Monegasque felt there was something "weird" going on with how Ferrari's two rivals use their energy.

"I think our race pace is very, very strong," Leclerc told Sky Sports F1.

"I’m more optimistic than yesterday looking back at the qualifying because this is where I think we are lacking on a weekend like this.

"We lost everything in the straights, and they are doing something weird with the energy, engine-wise, McLaren and Red Bull.

"We will look into that. Once we fix that, we’ve got a real shot of going back onto the top step of the podium."

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