VALTTERI BOTTAS CAUGHT SNOOPING ON HEATED CHARLES LECLERC AND CARLOS SAINZ EXCHANGE

Valtteri Bottas was caught snooping on a heated exchange between Ferrari stars Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the aftermath of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. The Scuderia duo had words after banging wheels in the early stages of the race.

Leclerc and Sainz started the Grand Prix from fifth and sixth respectively following underwhelming performances in qualifying.

And at Turn One of the third lap, the drivers made contact after Leclerc had been squeezed on the inside by his team-mate, with the Spaniard temporarily moving ahead in the pecking order. The pair went on to end the race in the same positions as they started.

Leclerc and Sainz aired their frustrations during interviews after the race. And footage on social media shows the aces having a heated discussion while they were waiting to be weighed.

Some drivers are seen coming in and out of shot in the footage as the Ferrari duo wave their hands around to illustrate their points.

But Kick Sauber star Bottas, who was Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes for five years between 2017 and 2021, can be seen standing in the same spot and staring at the Ferrari drivers.

"It's okay," Leclerc told Sky Sports F1 as he spoke about the clash on the track. "We will have a discussion, obviously. I'm sure everything will be fine.

"We discussed beforehand that it was the part of the race where we had to manage the tyres as much as possible.

"Carlos took that opportunity to overtake, which is a shame as that put us on the back foot and damaged my front wing. It was a small damage but everything makes a difference. When you see how close we were at the end it's a shame.

"He is motivated to do something spectacular but I was probably not the right person to do that with. We tried everything. I don't think we maximised our race as a team. We are missing pace but it is the way it is. We weren't fast enough."

But Sainz later hit back at his team-mate as he exclaimed: "Too many times after the race he complains about something. Honestly, at this point of the season, I was on the attack.

"We were on a used soft tyre. I passed Charles. I don't know if he made a mistake or was just managing a bit too much. I think I was trying to do what was required as a driver. He elected to manage more."

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