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Leclerc: No hidden message in radio rants

Leclerc: No hidden message in radio rants

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Leclerc: No hidden message in radio rants

Leclerc: No hidden message in radio rants

Charles Leclerc says there is no hidden messages in his furious radio messages when things do not go his way. The Ferrari driver was in a furious mood when he crashed in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, calling himself stupid over team radio.

Leclerc's team radio often features the 21-year-old admonishing himself, with some believing the Monegasque is too harsh on himself.

Two races have already slipped through Leclerc's fingers this year, through mechanical failure in Bahrain, before a Q2 crash in Azerbaijan denied him when he had looked the man to beat all weekend.

After the crash, Leclerc said to his team, and the viewing public: "I am stupid. I am stupid."

Asked if the messages were his way of apologising to Ferrari, Leclerc told Monaco Matin: "Not really. It was a natural, spontaneous reaction. No message to send.

"These words, in fact, they come out because I am very demanding with myself.

"Since my debut in single-seaters, and even since karting, I want to learn from my mistakes so as not to repeat them."

He said: "The problem that slowed me down during the last laps in Bahrain is part of racing. We accept it. We cannot anticipate it.

"If I could rewrite history, I would not go off the track in Baku. Clearly, I think pole position was within our reach.

"I don't know if I lost concentration. In any case, I'm certain that we could have taken a much better place on the grid. Then we could have managed the race differently, with a different strategy."

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