Charles Leclerc (Ferrari): “That’s a joke!” / Formula 1

Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc was a little annoyed that he missed a podium in Baku. But the Monegasse is really angry that the safety car came on the track so late: “That’s a joke!”

Charles Leclerc has a few questions for Formula 1 racing director Michael Masi and his colleagues. The two-time GP winner would like to know why, in his opinion, it took so long to neutralize the race after Max Verstappen’s severe accident.

When the Dutchman, in the lead, crashed hard into the wall and there were debris all over the track, Leclerc reported to Ferrari radio immediately: “That’s a joke! Get the damn safety car out now. What are they waiting for? “

Video images show: It took almost twenty seconds for double waved yellow flags to be shown at that point (Warning! Highest danger! Get ready to stop immediately!), And almost 90 seconds until the safety car could be seen on the route.

Charles Leclerc after the race: “It all took too long for me. And I think I’m not the only driver who doesn’t think that’s okay. There was so much stuff on the track, it was really dangerous. When we have the drivers’ meeting as part of the French GP, I will definitely bring that to the table. “

It was heard during the TV broadcast that race director Michael Masi disagreed with the way the drivers slowed down under the double yellow flag. The Australian: “If I have my way, all drivers here would have to be punished.”

But Leclerc’s stable mate Carlos Sainz contradicts: “We slowed down so much that we were almost overtaken.”

Charles Leclerc again: “Everyone could see the presents. Everyone knew the car was on the right. A virtual safety car phase or a real one would have made everything a lot easier. “

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Azerbaijan GP, ​​Baku

01. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:39:40,034h
02. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1,421 sec
03. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +2,865
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, +3.995
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +4,918
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault, +6,604
07. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +7,063
08. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21, +7,936
09. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +9,132
10. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, +10.021
11. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, +10.727
12. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, +11,748
13. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, +14,018
14. Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, +14,615
15. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, +17,789
16. Nicholas Latifi* (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, +13,052
* 10-second stop-and-go penalty converted into 30-second time penalty (pit lane not used during the yellow phase)
George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, gearbox defect
Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, tire damage, accident
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, tire damage, accident
Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, Motordefekt

World Championship stand after 6 of 22 races

01. Verstappen 105 Punkte
02. Hamilton 101
03. Pérez 69
04. Norris 66
05. Leclerc 52
06. Bottas 47
07. Sainz 42
08. Gasly 31
09. Vettel 28
10. Ricciardo 26
11. Alonso 13
12. Ocon 12
13. Stroll 9
14. Tsunoda 8
15. Raikkonen 1
16. Giovinazzi 1
17. Schumacher 0
18. Russell 0
19. Mazepin 0
20. Latifi 0

Constructors Championship
01. Red Bull Racing 174 Punkte
02. Mercedes 148
03. Ferrari 94
04. McLaren 92
05. AlphaTauri 39
06. Aston Martin 37
07. Alpine 25
08. Alfa Romeo 2
09. Haas 0
10. Williams 0

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