Charles Leclerc weighs in on Red Bull prioritising Max Verstappen over Sergio Perez

SERGIO PEREZ led the Spanish Grand Prix late on earlier than having to surrender his place to teammate Max Verstappen.

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Charles Leclerc says Purple Bull made their ‘intentions clear’ by asking Sergio Perez to surrender on a race win in favour of Max Verstappen on the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mexican was initially placed on a two-stop technique in Barcelona as reigning champion Verstappen opted for 3, and race chief Perez was requested to permit the Dutchman previous as he bore down on him within the closing laps.

Over workforce radio, Perez labelled the decision ‘unfair’, earlier than ending second in a Purple Bull one-two. Verstappen’s victory was his third in a row, and opened up a lead of 19 factors over Leclerc within the drivers’ standings.

It had been the Monegasque man who had beforehand been answerable for the race, ranging from pole place after which pulling clear after Verstappen misplaced time spinning off the observe early on. Nevertheless, a MGU-H and turbo failure pressured him into early retirement, leaving Leclerc, and Ferrari, strolling a tightrope with any additional modifications yielding a possible grid penalty.

And forward of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Leclerc spoke out on Purple Bull seemingly manipulating the race in favour of Verstappen. It is a notion that his personal workforce has been unable to profit from as but, with Carlos Sainz having endured a disrupted marketing campaign thus far.

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Charles Leclerc weighs in on Red Bull prioritising Max Verstappen over Sergio Perez

Charles Leclerc has had his say on the end in Barcelona. (Picture: GETTY)

“Purple Bull made it clear what are their intentions and so they did it very early within the season,” Leclerc stated, by way of Sky Sports activities, on Friday. “Regarding us [and team orders], I have not spoken about it with Mattia [Binotto] and I have not heard of this for now.

“I believe for Sainz, it is only a matter of time he will get with us and he will get extra comfy with the automotive. I do not wish to depend on that both, I simply wish to do the job within the automotive and if we’re robust sufficient, now we have already made it clear we will win races anyway and if we do a powerful sufficient job I am fairly certain the possibilities are there anyway.”

Charles Leclerc weighs in on Red Bull prioritising Max Verstappen over Sergio Perez

Verstappen leads Leclerc by 19 factors within the standings. (Picture: GETTY)

Regardless, Leclerc acquired his weekend off to the very best begin on Friday, ending prime of each observe classes. First time round Perez was second from Sainz, with the pair swapping positions after second observe.

On each events, Verstappen was fourth, however the day was marred by a high-speed crash from McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. He went into the wall by the ‘Swimming Pool’ at 150mph.

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