Leclerc will “move on” from incidents with Perez

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 04: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez had some heated duels at today’s race in Spielberg, but the Monegasque now wants to put these incidents behind him.

In the race itself, it was clear to see that the Ferrari driver was annoyed by Perez and his defensive maneuvers. After the race, however, he said that there would be no spat between the two and that the matter had been settled.

The Mexican received two 5-second time penalties for his two maneuvers, which dropped him one place in the final standings. The first incident was in turn 4 and the second in turn 7.

Perez and Leclerc clarified the matter before facing the media. The Red Bull driver on the one hand said he was “extremely sorry” for the incidents and the Ferrari driver on the other said the matter was closed for him.

“I wouldn’t call it a good afternoon, but an exciting afternoon probably is the word. Obviously, there was quite a bit of tension under the helmet. Now helmet off, we’ve spoken.”

“I think he [Perez] knows he exaggerated; that’s it. I’ll move on. I’m not the kind of guy that’s just staying on the same thing for a long time.”

“It’s been very frustrating in the car because I felt like I had a lot more pace, but I couldn’t use it. Every time I saw an opportunity – there were very few opportunities because we were in a DRS train – but every time I saw an opportunity, I tried to go for it and twice I didn’t have enough space on the exit of the corner, but it’s life. It’s like this.”

The day was not quite that bad, however, said Leclerc as his teammate Carlos Sainz finished fifth.

“We were a little bit less strong compared to last week, but we were still very strong, and I think it was positive; we didn’t look much in the mirrors and I think the only shame was that we were on the same strategies as the one in front, so no tyre advantage by doing a reverse strategy – but it paid off for Carlos, so I think we did a good thing to do the split of cars at the beginning of this race.”

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