Charles Leclerc has leapt to the defence of the Aston Martin Security Automotive after Max Verstappen in contrast it to a turtle.
Verstappen’s frustrations got here throughout the Australian Grand Prix the place the Aston Martin Security Automotive was twice introduced out following incidents involving Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel.
As they have been final yr, Security Automotive duties in 2022 are shared between Aston Martin and Mercedes and it’s with the previous that Verstappen took umbrage with.
He in contrast the pace of the Aston Martin Vantage to that of a turtle, not helped by its inexperienced look, and stated it was “actually unhealthy” how the vehicles have been being pressured to sluggish and lose tyre temperature.
“The Security Automotive drove so slowly, like a turtle,” he stated as reported by Auto Motor und Sport.
“That was unimaginable. I don’t know why we have been solely touring at 140 km/h on the again straight, though the accident web site was already there cleared. We’ll have to analyze that.”
Not solely did the Crimson Bull driver criticise the Aston Martin, he stated the Mercedes automotive was extra appropriate.
“The Security Automotive from Mercedes is quicker,” he added. “It has higher aerodynamics.
“The Aston Martin is admittedly sluggish. The automotive undoubtedly wants extra grip. Our tires have been ice chilly after we restarted.
“I noticed Charles [Leclerc] understeer on the final nook so I slowed down a bit and was in a position to get a greater line. Nevertheless it’s actually unhealthy how we’re driving behind the Security Automotive.”
Nonetheless it was Leclerc who jumped to the defence of the Security Automotive and stated compared to F1 vehicles, it’s at all times prone to really feel sluggish.
“It truly at all times feels too sluggish as a result of now we have a lot grip in our present Method 1 vehicles,” the Ferrari driver stated.
“It’s very tough, particularly after we’re all on the exhausting tyres. I had excessive issues producing temperature.”
Leclerc was additionally hesitant to criticise Security Automotive driver Bernd Maylander, having seen how a lot he was struggling.
“I wished to complain over the radio, however then I noticed how a lot the Security Automotive slipped within the corners,” Leclerc stated.
“I don’t suppose he may have pushed any quicker . I didn’t wish to put any extra stress on him due to that.”
Maylander was grateful for Leclerc’s defence and stated he was “completely on the restrict” and “extra was not attainable with the most effective will on the planet.”