Charles Leclerc accused of being ‘too generous’ and ‘soft’ in Max Verstappen fight

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JOLYON PALMER believes Max Verstappen should be relishing his title battle with Charles Leclerc following his titanic and emotional 2021 win.

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Max Verstappen should be having fun with his battle with the ‘beneficiant’ Charles Leclerc, in response to former Components 1 driver Joylon Palmer. The British motorsport commentator additionally accused the 2 title rivals of being too respectful of each other – a pointy distinction to the enthralling and explosive battle between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in 2021.

The problem drawing most of Verstappen’s frustration in 2022 has been reliability, and he struggled with such considerations final weekend in Florida. The 24-year-old missed many of the observe classes attributable to reliability considerations surrounding his automotive. 

Nonetheless, the Dutchman went from third on the grid to overhaul each Ferraris to take residence the chequered flag on the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. Verstappen handed Carlos Sainz on the primary nook and managed to maneuver cross the Monegasque star Charles Leclerc on lap seven, holding the result in win the race. 

It means Verstappen is simply 19 factors behind Leclerc’s championship-leading complete of 104 factors after 5 rounds regardless of the Purple Bull star struggling a pair of DNFs in Bahrain and Australia. The reigning world champion has received every of the three races he has completed.

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Charles Leclerc accused of being 'too generous' and 'soft' in Max Verstappen fight

Charles Leclerc has been accused of giving Max Verstappen an excessive amount of respect on observe (Picture: GETTY)

Palmer believes Verstappen might be having fun with his title battle with Leclerc, as he accused the Monegasque driver of being ‘tender’ as he raced the Purple Bull in Miami. The 31-year-old additionally accused Ferrari of being too conservative with their technique. 

“After all of the drama of his Hamilton title combat in 2021, Verstappen should be appreciating this combat up to now, with each drivers being extraordinarily respectful of each other, however Leclerc in Miami was absolutely too beneficiant,” Palmer wrote in his column. 

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Charles Leclerc accused of being 'too generous' and 'soft' in Max Verstappen fight

Max Verstappen handed Charles Leclerc – who began on pole – on lap 7 of the Miami Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)

“Perhaps he hoped to get the DRS on the lengthy straights subsequent lap, however in contrast to in Bahrain or Jeddah the place that tactic labored, the subsequent DRS wasn’t on the nook exit – however seven turns later, Verstappen might break clear, and did.

“The drivers had been possibly a bit tender with Verstappen in Miami, however I additionally thought the race technique from Ferrari was variety to Purple Bull.”

The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is anticipated to return to a file 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix substitute is discovered – continues with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on Could 22.


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