On Wednesday, Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari manager Mattia Binotto had dinner at Monaco’s illustrious Hotel de Paris.
The Maranello team’s handling of Charles Leclerc’s racing strategy in the British GP, which paved the way for teammate Carlos Sainz to earn his first Formula One victory, drew heavy criticism at the time.
“They took victory away from Leclerc,” former F1 driver Marc Surer.
“It doesn’t get any dumber than that,” Ralf Schumacher agreed.
“Leclerc was much better placed than Sainz in the championship so with the fight with Max Verstappen so tight, they should have done everything to ensure he brought victory home, especially when Max had problems.”
“If you have friends like Ferrari’s strategists, you don’t need enemies.” Said Eddie Jordan.
In response to rumors that the 24-year-old driver decided against traveling back to Europe with his team late on Sunday, Binotto was seen waving his finger at an obviously enraged Leclerc after the Silverstone race.
He may have also decided to stay home in Monaco rather than travel to a sponsorship event earlier this week, according to rumors.
After the chequered flag, the fury in the Leclerc camp was evident, according to former Ferrari communications director Alberto Antonini, and some team members refused to participate in the podium celebration.
“I was told – and I trust the source – about the ugly episode,” Antonini told formulapassion.it.
“Some Ferrari people did not want to participate in the podium ceremony nor be included in the group photo. That’s not a good sign.
“A little healthy rivalry in the garage is ok, but the common interest must be to aim for victory,” he added.
Leclerc, though, has the support of Gerhard Berger. The great Austrian said, “Ferrari got in their own way once more.”
“It reminds me of my own time, when chaos reigned. “That’s why I am not optimistic for their world championship.”