Charles Leclerc admitted that he was frustrated about Ferrari’s decision not to switch positions between him and Carlos Sainz at the Sao Paulo GP.
Leclerc had a rollercoaster race at Interlagos on Sunday. The Ferrari driver had a collision with Lando Norris on lap 7 which sent him into a spin. He hit the barrier but kept going.
Leclerc managed to charge through the field later on. He was in 4th place, behind his teammate Carlos Sainz, in the closing stages. The Monegasque asked the team if they would switch positions because of his fight against Sergio Perez in the championship. However, he stayed behind Sainz at the finish.
“I had that [earlier] shunt, [so] to finish P4 is great,” Leclerc said after the race.
“I asked on the radio in the last few laps [about switching positions]. I was frustrated about that in the heat of the moment because we had that discussion before the race and, for some reason, we changed our minds, which I don’t know why.
“It was frustrating, and I hope that in Abu Dhabi we’ll be fast enough for me to get second place in the championship. If not, it’s like this.
“Carlos did an incredible job and he deserved that P3 and the podium because he did a great race.
“Again, if we didn’t have that discussion prior to the race, I wouldn’t have asked.”