‘No bad feelings’ for Leclerc and Perez after clashes

In the round-up: Charles Leclerc says he has already cleared the air with Sergio Perez after venting his frustration at the Red Bull driver during the Austrian Grand Prix.

In brief

Leclerc and Perez clear the air

Leclerc and Perez clashes twice during yesterday’s race, the Ferrari driver fuming at his rival on the radio. But speaking after the race he said the pair cleared the air soon afterwards.

“We’ve spoken now,” said Leclerc. “The air is clear. There’s no bad feelings after this.

“Obviously in the car it’s very frustrating because twice I saw an opportunity, there was not many opportunities, but I went for it and it didn’t work because I had no space in exit. It’s part of the game, though.”

Raikkonen puzzled by Vettel crash

After receiving a 20-second time penalty for a collision with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen was at a loss to explain the last-lap crash between the pair.

The Alfa Romeo driver admitted he could see his rival when they made contact at the exit of turn four. “I saw him there,” said Raikkonen. “I don’t know how we end up, I don’t know if I moved or he moved, I’ll have to see it [again].”

“Obviously our wheels touched and off we went,” he added. “An unfortunate end but it didn’t really change much, we were out of the points.”

Mazepin didn’t enjoy Red Bull Ring repeat

Nikita Mazepin, Haas, Red Bull Ring, 2021
Mazepin collected a penalty on the last lap of the race

After finishing last and collecting a 30-second time penalty for a yellow flag infringement, Nikita Mazepin admitted he did not enjoy running two consecutive race weekends at the same track.

“I think I would have preferred to go somewhere else in the beginning of the weekend,” he said. “Preferably somewhere where I’ve never been so I could learn, at least, a new track. I guess the positives out of this is I’ve done shitloads of laps and burned some calories.”

Arthur Leclerc cleared after hospital check

The younger Leclerc sibling was taken to hospital following his alarming turn four crash with Clement Novalak in yesterday morning’s F3 race at the Red Bull Ring. The FIA said examination of the Prema driver “revealed no ongoing issues and he was discharged”.

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Alain Prost, Renault, Dijon, 1981
Alain Prost took his first of 51 wins today in 1981
  • 40 years ago today Alain Prost won his first grand prix. It was a thoroughly French affair: Prost triumphed for Renault at Dijon on Michelin tyres. The race was run in two parts due to rain.

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