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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
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Formula 1 Canadian GP
Opinion

The F1 reality obscured by Leclerc's public Montreal frustrations

OPINION: The furious heat-of-the-moment reaction of Charles Leclerc to missing Q3 at the Canadian Grand Prix was entirely unsurprising, but Formula 1 fans should be wary of reading too much into such outbursts

In the famous words of Edgar Allan Poe, it is often remarked that you should believe nothing that you hear and only half that you see. It’s a saying that rings so true for the way that Formula 1 plays out at times, as selective team radio comments and television interview soundbites can stir up impressions of conflict and drama that are not a 100% true reflection of what is going on.

For example, in the closing stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, Max Verstappen being exposed for ignoring requests from his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to not go for a fastest lap was interpreted by some as a sign of tension between driver and pitwall. But talk of there being anything out of the ordinary in the relationship between Verstappen and his engineer is something that brings an immediate smile from the Dutchman.

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