Throughout the season, the duo has not consistently agreed, and there have been instances where radio communications have emphasized differences in their strategies.
Leclerc in Australia expressed his dissatisfaction with not receiving the anticipated assistance from Sainz during qualifying.
During the Austrian GP, Sainz communicated via radio during the early stages of the race, requesting Ferrari to allow Leclerc to make way for him. However, his appeal was turned down.
At the British Grand Prix, both drivers expressed their opinions about each other during qualifying following a struggle for track position.
Leclerc expressed his admiration for Sainz’s impressive overtake in the final corner at Silverstone, even though Leclerc had the right of way during the session.
Sainz expressed his opinion, stating that the request made to him was somewhat unfair. He would have to compromise his tyre temperature, which he found to be a disadvantage. Nevertheless, he acknowledged the situation and accepted it, noting that he was currently in fourth position while the other person was in third, making him more vulnerable.
There is speculation that Leclerc and Sainz have a stronger rivalry than what the team acknowledges, based on these incidents.
Leclerc has dismissed that idea, stating that those who believe there are internal issues at Ferrari are misinterpreting the situation.
Leclerc stated in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com that due to my active presence on social media, I am well-informed about the discussions taking place.
“It’s blown out of proportion, I think, with Carlos. We have a great relationship.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23
Photo by: Ferrari
When we are not in the car, we have a great ability to collaborate and have a strong bond due to our shared interests.
We both experience a strong sense of competition, yet we are both involved in Formula 1. I am passionate about this sport because of the inherent competitiveness it offers. I believe it is wonderful to embrace such a challenging environment.
Leclerc believes that it is not advisable to attach excessive importance to radio messages, as they are frequently expressed during intense competition when emotions are heightened.
He stated: “Occasionally, there is a small amount of conversation over the radio regarding certain situations.”
“We are driven by our competitive nature and shared desire to achieve the best possible outcome. These are typical attributes.”
“I believe it also accompanies the role of being a Ferrari driver and constantly being in the public eye, perhaps more frequently than others. However, I am content with that.”
Ultimately, among our team members, we acknowledge that we possess a strong rapport and are collectively striving to achieve identical objectives.