CHARLES LECLERC made a cheeky joke to Mercedes moments after he wrapped up his second win of the season.
Leclerc has taken a dig at Mercedes (Picture: Getty)
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Charles Leclerc has hit again at Mercedes by joking that F1 bosses ought to get a Ferrari to be the protection automobile as it will be quicker than a Silver Arrows. The talk began after reigning champion Max Verstappen attacked Aston Martin’s security automobile after the Australian Grand Prix.
He prompt the automobile was too sluggish and branded the 500bhp V8 Vantage as a “turtle”. Responding within the post-race press convention, George Russell stated: “We do not have the problem with the Mercedes-AMG security automobile!
“The Mercedes Security Automotive is 5 seconds quicker than the Aston Martin Security Automotive.” Leclerc then rapidly responded: “Let’s put a Ferrari Security Automotive, then will probably be 5 seconds quicker than a Mercedes.”
Mercedes has been the producer behind F1’s security vehicles since 1996. The German producer was the only supplier of the vehicles till the 2021 season when the obligation was cut up with Aston Martin.
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Charles Leclerc requested F1 to exchange the Mercedes security automobile with a Ferrari (Picture: Getty)
The brand new Mercedes AMG GT Black Sequence was launched for the brand new 2022 season and has round 730bhp. Nonetheless, Aston Martin’s Vantage security automobile was in motion in Melbourne, prompting a fierce response from drivers.
Leclerc additionally attacked the Vantage, even highlighting security issues as drivers have been struggling to get warmth into their tyres. The Monegasque claimed he was tempted to report the incident to the stewards however realised there was not rather more security automobile driver Bernd Maylander may do.
He stated: “To be trustworthy it all the time feels too sluggish within the automobile as a result of with these Formulation 1 vehicles, we’ve got a lot grip and it’s totally, very troublesome, particularly on the compound we have been all on, which was the hards.
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Charles Leclerc additionally raised issues over the Aston Martin security automobile (Picture: Getty)
“I used to be struggling massively to place some temperature in them, so I additionally struggled. To be trustworthy, I needed to complain, however then I checked how a lot the protection automobile was sliding within the nook and I do not assume there was something extra that he may give so I did not need to put an excessive amount of strain.
“For positive with the vehicles that we’ve got now it’s totally troublesome to maintain the temperatures within the tyres behind the protection automobile.” Nonetheless, Verstappen threw his weight behind the Mercedes automobile, claiming it was quicker as a result of additional aero.
He added: “It is fairly horrible the best way we’re driving behind the protection automobile in the mean time.”