Charles Leclerc screams at Ferrari over team radio following Monaco pit decision

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was fuming at his team following their pit decision in a dramatic Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco.

Leclerc's Ferrari held pole position for the second year in a row in his hometown race but faced a delayed start due to rain, which led to plenty of drama as the teams were scrambling to change their strategy for the race.

When the action did get underway, Leclerc held the lead ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz as the teams waited for the track to dry up, with Leclerc among those making the move to intermediate tyres during the crossover point in Monte Carlo.

However, the conditions soon called for dry tyres and Ferrari double-stacked their cars in the grid with Sainz, who had stayed on wet tyres, coming in for the hard compound ahead of his teammate Leclerc.

Ferrari initially called Leclerc into the pit with a 'box, box' message but, with Sainz already in, changed their tune by telling Leclerc to remain out – but by this point it was too late, as Leclerc had already come into the pit lane.

That led to a furious x-rated response from Leclerc over team radio, who asked: "Why? What are you doing?"

Leclerc's frustration would have increased the following lap when the Red Bull pairing of Sergio Perez and Verstappen pitted for dry tyres themselves and stayed ahead, with Perez leading Sainz and Verstappen coming out ahead of Leclerc.

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Both Red Bull cars did appear to come close to crossing the yellow line at the pit exit when returning to track, which would result in a penalty, and may come under investigation from the race officials to see if those regulations were breached.

Should Leclerc remain behind his counterpart, it would be further Monaco disappointment for Leclerc who has never finished a race in the French principality throughout his racing career – including disaster last season.

The Ferrari man was on pole position in 2021 but crashed at the end of qualifying, with Ferrari facing a tough test getting his car ready for the race and his gearbox failed on the formation lap.

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