Leclerc went with ‘caution’, Stroll with ‘exaggeration’

Date published: August 3 2021 - Michelle Foster

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc was unimpressed with Lance Stroll’s “big mistake” in Hungary as trying to go from P12 to fourth in one corner is a “bit exaggerated”.

Taking to a wet Hungaroring for the start of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Stroll was one of two drivers to get it very wrong into the first corner.

While further ahead Valtteri Bottas hit Lando Norris, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, those behind briefly thought they had escaped the carnage.

And then came Stroll.

He also got his braking wrong and hit Leclerc, pushing the Ferrari driver into Daniel Ricciardo.

“*Beep*, *beep*, they didn’t stop, they *beep* went right into me,” the furious Monégasque driver ranted to his team.

Leclerc and Stroll joined Bottas, Perez and Norris in retiring from the grand prix.

“It’s hugely frustrating,” Leclerc told Ziggo Sport.

“He [Stroll] will probably answer what he has done wrong, but obviously it was a pretty big mistake from a long long way back.

“It’s very frustrating. We knew it was going to be a tricky start, everyone knew that.

“Then when you’re trying to make a move for P4 when you’re coming from P15 or so, it’s a bit exaggerated.”

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Leclerc had started the grand prix seventh on the grid and believed he had a good opportunity for a strong result especially as he saw the carnage unfold ahead of him.

Only to then became a part of it.

“I had a strong start and was in a good position, fighting for second or third,” he said. “I knew that I had an opportunity, so I took it easy and moved with caution.

“I was taking the first corner and no way was I expecting anyone to make that kind of move on me. Getting caught out like this is just a shame.

“The damage was so big that once I arrived at the braking point for the next corner, I spun straight away.

“Not the way we wanted to head into the summer break, but that’s how it is.”