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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc on Perez's defence: I was pretty angry

The Ferrari driver admits he was disgruntled when at the wheel of his Ferrari due to Sergio Perez's robust defence.

Leclerc Perez Austria 2021
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Charles Leclerc admits he was very angry at the wheel of his Ferrari when Sergio Perez forced him off the track on two occasions during the Austrian Grand Prix.

Leclerc and Perez were battling for sixth place for the majority of the race and the pair made contact at Turn 4 and then nearly came collided again at Turn 6. Both times, Leclerc was forced wide into the gravel and Perez received a five-second time penalty for his actions.

"We were strong all the race with the race pace but obviously we didn't have the tyre advantage or the reverse strategy so it was very, very difficult to overtake," Leclerc told Sky Sports. "Every opportunity that I could see, I was going for it. It didn't work out today.

"I was pretty angry in the car, because obviously I felt like I had no space. I know the overtakes were quite optimistic, but on the other hand, I had to if I wanted to make it work then. There was no space on the outside in the exit of the corner but it's like that."

Leclerc was ordered to let teammate Carlos Sainz by so he could have a go at overtaking Daniel Ricciardo. The move paid off for Sainz who was on fresher medium tyres and Leclerc had no problems with the team order.

"I felt like there was probably an opportunity to get past [Ricciardo] at one point because I was very close every lap," said Leclerc.

"But they asked me to obviously swap because because he had the advantage of a reverse strategy so I did."

F1 2021 Austrian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier


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