Lando Norris: I am a bit heavy this weekend.

 

Sergio Perez: It’s sh*t when you’re heavy, huh? You can’t get it [going].

 

 

Max Verstappen: I am four-and-a-half kilos heavier than you guys!

 

Lando Norris: Go for another run…

 

Max Verstappen: I think that I need more than one run.

F1 podium rivals talk about Charles Leclerc...

 

Sergio Perez: [Talking about Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc] He was so fast in the chicanes. 

 

Max Verstappen: All the time?

 

Sergio Perez: He was taking, I think, three-tenths [of a second] each lap. It was a bit damp, no. I just went straight. All of a sudden, I saw him flying! That was the last thing I saw from him. Did he damage his wing?

 

Lando Norris: Yeah…

 

Sergio Perez: [Watching highlights of Leclerc’s spin] Look how fast he was, man!

 

Lando Norris: He was taking so much kerb.

 

Max Verstappen: He managed to continue, no?

 

Lando Norris: Yeah.

 

Max Verstappen: He boxed. Look, the front wing is damaged.

 

Lando Norris: He should have continued like that. He probably would still have been quicker than me!

 

Max Verstappen: Yeah but I don’t know how the tyres work. Did he finish eighth? Ninth?

 

*Leclerc finished sixth…

 

Max Verstappen: I had to overtake a five-car train. Did you pass them?

 

Sergio Perez: I overtook them but then I boxed.

 

Max Verstappen: That train was together for the whole race!

 

Lando Norris: I was watching on TV.

 

Max Verstappen: They were together for the whole race and I had to pass them twice.

 

Charles Leclerc: I paid the price in F1 title fight

Charles Leclerc bemoaned his catastrophic spin and said it “shouldn’t have happened” after a frustrating F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ferrari’s homecoming to Italy, after a stellar start to the 2022 season, was spoiled as early as the first lap when Carlos Sainz made contact with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and became stuck in the gravel.

Leclerc then spun dramatically after failing to challenge Red Bull’s Sergio Perez for second.

Max Verstappen eventually won the Grand Prix and shrunk the gap to 27 points behind Leclerc in the title standings.

Leclerc said to Sky Sports: “Whatever happened before the spin are just details. The spin shouldn’t have happened today. 

“I had P3 but I was too greedy. I paid the price for it and lost seven potential points. 

“Seven points would be valuable at the end of the championship.”

Leclerc said about Ferrari’s tussle with Red Bull: "It is very, very close and I think it will be that way for the rest of the season.

"And that is why every small mistake... well it's a big mistake... but the consequence considering the mistake could have been much bigger.

“Seven points would be valuable at the end of the championship.”

Leclerc said about Ferrari’s tussle with Red Bull: "It is very, very close and I think it will be that way for the rest of the season.

"And that is why every small mistake... well it's a big mistake... but the consequence considering the mistake could have been much bigger.

He then posted on social media: “I gave it all but went over the limit at the end. Sorry to the team and to all the tifosi that supports us. Instead of a P3, it ended up in a P6. We’ll come back stronger.”

Leclerc spun into the barriers and required a pit stop to fix his Ferrari but then battled back from ninth place to finish in sixth.

Perez finished behind team-mate Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris was third.