Charles Leclerc Believes he’s been “Sh*t When it Matters” After Costly Error During Turkish GP




As the drivers saw the chequered flag to a rather eventful race, the emotions were contrasting in the Ferrari’s garage. On one side, there was Sebastian Vettel with his first podium of this season. Unfortunately, on the other hand, stood a “disappointed” Charles Leclerc.

The Monegasque had the podium in his eyesight for most of the race, but one tiny mistake in the final lap meant that he had to give up the podium spot to his teammate. Following the race, a dejected Leclerc expressed his view on the race.

Yeah, I f***ed it up in the last corner; nothing to say, I mean, in the last three corners,” he said. “So, at the end, the end results count. I’ve been good for one part of the race, but sh*t when it matters and that’s it; fourth. I’m so disappointed.”

Like Leclerc pointed out, he was extremely competitive through most of the race and it looked like P3 could be his.  Unfortunately, in the final lap, his attempt at getting past Sergio Perez destroyed his chances of standing on the podium.

Charles Leclerc loses it on his team radio

The Ferrari driver messed up his race in the very last lap at the Turkish Grand Prix. As expected, he was furious when crossed the line in P4 as he burst out on the team radio.

His race engineer talked to Leclerc, admitting that he did a good job, to which the driver gave a fuming response. “I did a sh*t job,” he said.

The Ferrari driver kept on showing his frustration on the radio. Eventually, at one point, the race engineer even requested Leclerc to turn his radio off.

Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari garage at the Turkish Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS

But after calming down, Leclerc turned his radio back on and congratulated his teammate, Vettel, on his first podium of 2020. Although Leclerc missed out on his podium, it still was an incredible race weekend for the entire team.

Ferrari will leave Turkey with a smile on their faces as their convincing performance handed the team an impressive 27 points. This has also reignited their prospects of concluding this season in the Top-4. But will they manage to do so?