Reliability'A concern' after sainz  dnf: leclerc

Charles Leclerc won his first race since April at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix – and although he was revelling in his fifth career win on Sunday

the Monegasque racer was again left concerned by Ferrari’s reliability issues after team mate Carlos Sainz’s fiery retirement.

Ferrari won their second race in a week in Austria, but it was marred by another DNF for the team, as Sainz was forced to pull over on track after suffering a power unit issue that saw his F1-75 catch on fire.

And while Leclerc was ecstatic with his victory, he revealed his apprehension about his team’s issues going forward.

Asked whether Sainz’s retirement took the shine off his win, Leclerc replied: “Of course, it does. Obviously as a team, it is a concern with the reliability, and today shows even more that it is a concern.

Leclerc himself also suffered from issues late on in the race, and was heard on the radio complaining of a sticking throttle immediately after Sainz had retired from the race.

“It was pretty bad!” said Leclerc of the issue. “Especially Turn 3 and 4, it was a disaster because the car was pushing a lot with the throttle being extremely inconsistent, so I just had to manage it

But at the end I got to the finish line in first position so very happy.”

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