Charles Leclerc drove US GP on heavy painkillers after tooth infection

After starting on pole position, Charles Leclec brought his Ferrari home in sixth at the 2023 US GP


Ferrari‘s Charles Leclerc revealed that he was driving the 2023 United States Grand Prix while on heavy painkillers, due to a recent tooth infection.

The Monegasque driver finished his race at Texas in sixth place – though Leclerc was subsequently disqualified – despite starting in pole position, as the Ferrari once again showed signs of major weakness on race pace throughout the 56 laps around the Circuit of the Americas.

It may not have been the result the Maranello outfit were hoping for, considering that Leclerc himself seemed to be under the affects of some strong painkillers.

“I’ve been on really big painkillers since Thursday,” Leclerc told the media after the race.

“For some reason now it’s quite fine because I took the painkillers before the race. I had times that were more intense and some which were less, but nothing that affected me inside the car.

Leclerc revealed the cause that warranted the use of strong painkillers, saying that a major tooth infection was at the centre of it all.

“I had a tooth infection, which I think is my wisdom, so I was in quite a lot of pain on Thursday and Friday, but it calmed down and today it wasn’t painful,” Leclerc concluded.

With two events left to go in the triple header – Mexico and Brazil – Leclerc will be hopeful to be fully recovered going into the closing stages of the 2023 F1 season.

Charles Leclerc during 2023 US GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Leclerc disqualified from the 2023 US GP

Following the race in Austin, Leclerc and Ferrari were brought in front of the stewards as the plank under the Monegasque’s car was deemed to have worn too much. That resulted in his disqualification from the 2023 US GP.

“The rear skid in the area defined in the Technical Delegate’s report was outside the thresholds outlined in Article 3.5.9 e) of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations,” the FIA said in a statement

“During the hearing the team acknowledged that the measurement performed by the FIA Technical Team was correct and stated that the high wear on the skid pads was probably a result of the unique combination of the bumpy track and the Sprint Race schedule that minimised the time to set up and check the car before the race.

“The Stewards note that the onus is on the competitor to ensure that the car is in compliance with the regulations at all times during an event. In this particular case, the rear skid in the area defined in the Technical Delegate’s report was outside of the thresholds outlined in Article 3.5.9 e) of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations, which includes a tolerance for wear. 

“Therefore, the standard penalty for a breach of the Technical Regulations is imposed.”

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