Leclerc Defends ‘Inconsiderate’ Move After Sebastian Vettel’s Radio Outburst During Bahrain GP

Leclerc Defends 'Inconsiderate' Move After Sebastian Vettel's Radio Outburst During Bahrain GP

Sebastian Vettel was fuming at Charles Leclerc as the latter made a dangerous move after the race resumed. Bahrain Grand Prix witnessed a dangerous crash as Romain Grosjean crashed into the barriers; the Haas driver came out of the fireball with relatively minor injuries.

After the race resumed, Charles Leclerc dive-bombed Sebastian Vettel and sideswiped him with Sainz on his other side. Sebastian Vettel was very frustrated at the Leclerc’s carelessness and gave an earful to the Monegasque over the radio.

It was a repeat of the Austrian Grand Prix, and Vettel was vehement that Charles can not keep doing it. “We should have crashed, maybe that would have been the better choice,” he grumbled over the radio.

“All morning we talk about leaving space for each other, and then you go into the smallest gap that doesn’t exist and pray that the other sees you and gets out of the way,” said the four-time world champion.

I was considerate of the other car from us, Charles. But I think he showed no consideration. I was particularly careful with Charles, but he was maybe a bit inconsiderate,” said Vettel.

Charles Leclerc in garage ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 28, 2020 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the garage FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Charles Leclerc replies to Sebastian Vettel

Charles Leclerc fought back at Vettel’s criticism of an alleged attack at the restart of the race. He pointed out that the case in Bahrain was different from that of Austria.

Leclerc clarified, “From my side, I can only say that it was of course extremely tight.

“But unlike at the Styria Grand Prix, where I did not position myself in a visible position, this time I tried to advance further so that he could see me.”

“But I made sure that he saw me. You can argue that maybe there wasn’t enough spacing between our cars, considering we’re on the same team. But yes … that’s it,” clarified the Monegasque.

Vettel made another statement and stuck to his earlier remarks. He pointed out that it was a surprise move; it was the kind of move that works sometimes, but most of the time it results in a disaster.

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished the race at P13 and P10, respectively. The weekend proved to be quite an underwhelming outing for the team, and Vettel even claimed that the car was not drivable, thus making it a very difficult race. Keeping in mind that he’s leaving for Aston Martin next season, this incident might just make the move a bit easier.

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