Charles Leclerc frustrated | Photo Credit: Reuters

Schumacher slams Leclerc over raging radio message

Leclerc faces strong criticism after his damning words at the Monaco GP.

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Ferrari star Charles Leclerc has been criticised by former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher for his outburst on the radio to his team during Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix.

With Ferrari’s speed during qualifying and their Championship contender sitting on pole, Leclerc looked certain to secure his first-ever win at his home race. That was until the Scuderia Ferrari race engineers had an absolute howler.

A panicking Ferrari engineer who told Leclerc to box, screamed at his driver to “stay out” seconds later after realising that Carlos Sainz was currently having his tyres changed. However it was too late, Leclerc was forced to wait behind his teammate, costing him vital seconds at a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake at. The error saw him rage on the team radio.

“F*** f**** Why?! What are you doing?!”, he screamed.

The Monaco Grand Prix saw Red Bull’s Sergio Perez cross the line to take home first place. Leclerc jumped back onto the radio after the race.

 “No words,” he said after finishing in fourth.

“The season is long, but we cannot do that.”

Although he had a bit of time to cool down, Leclerc struggled to suppress his anger in TV interviews after the race.

“Let down is not the word,” he said.

“Some mistakes can happen but there have been too many mistakes today.

“We cannot do that, especially in the moment we are in now, when we are extremely strong.

“We need to take these opportunities, and it’s not even first to second, it’s first to fourth.”

It has proven to be a costly mistake by the Italians as they saw the gap between them and Red Bull grow in the Drivers and Constructors Championships.

Reproving Ralf
Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher disapproves of Lerclerc’s radio messages in Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

As a former Formula One driver himself, Ralf Schumacher knows a thing or two about costly team mistakes, however, the brother of Michael Schumacher finds it hard to justify Leclerc’s words.

“He’s screwed up enough himself, so he should stay humble,” Schumacher told Sky Germany

“Things happen, you win together and lose together.

“So far, the team has done less wrong than he has.”

While the home race curse has appeared to follow Leclerc for yet another season, Scuderia Ferrari will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result in Monte Carlo, when they travel to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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