Sainz responds: 'Not going to hang around behind Leclerc for the rest of my life'

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carlos sainz responds to leclerc accusation after gp spain
23 June at 18:01
  • Corwin Kunst

Charles Leclerc was not happy with Carlos Sainz at the Spanish GP. The Monegasque accused Sainz of wanting to do"something spectacular" at an awkward time so that he might benefit from it in contract negotiations with various teams for a 2025 seat. Sainz himself does not entirely agree with that reading.

Sainz - who will be replaced by Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari after this season - went on the attack with Leclerc early when that was not the agreement, according to the man from Monaco. Sainz remembers the agreement differently.

"He complained about something too many times after the race," Sainz laughed, according to "I wonder if he means it at this point in the season. I attacked, we had fresh soft tyres on, Mercedes too, and we had to attack the first few laps with fresh tyres and try to overtake them. That's what we said before the race."

At Sky's Italian branch, the 29-year-old was also asked about Leclerc's comment. "I don't know what happened to Charles on the first lap, I don't know if he made a mistake, but I had the chance to overtake him, and it's not like I can hang around behind him for the rest of my life. Especially because from that moment, I was able to attack Mercedes and almost overtake them in the first stint."