Charles Leclerc says he is looking to Ferrari to explain why the team didn’t send him out for a final run in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, he was ultimately eliminated in Q1.
Sebastian Vettel was struggling in the first part of qualifying after crashing in FP3, and after touching the wall in the Swimming Pool section, he aborted a late attempt and returned to the pits. With Vettel now the drop zone, he was sent back out for one final run, but Leclerc was kept in the pits. When a number of drivers improved their times, Leclerc dropped to 15th place before Vettel went fastest to knock his teammate out, and Leclerc says the team has yet to explain why it thought he was safe.
“I asked whether they were sure,” Leclerc said. “They told me ‘we think we are’. I said ‘shouldn’t we go out again?’ But yeah, there was no real answer. I think they thought we would go… I don’t know. I didn’t have any explanations yet in detail. Very difficult one to take.
“Actually we had plenty of time, even when we went out of the box to go out again. The weighbridge was not the problem. We still had the fuel to go again and only change tires. None of this was a problem. I need some explanations.”
Provisionally starting from 16th on a circuit it is very difficult to overtake on, Leclerc admits he will have to take a number of risks and hope for help from the weather to be able to salvage a good result on Sunday.
“Hopefully it will rain, and then there will be a bit of lottery in there. If it’s dry, it’s going to be boring. I’ll have to take a lot of risks I think, even risking to crash. In the end, that’s the only thing we need to do now, is to try and be extreme in our overtaking because this is a track where it’s basically impossible to overtake, so we will see.”