Charles Leclerc fires Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton warning over Brazilian Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc has told Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen he plans on going ‘full attack mode’ in the Brazilian Grand Prix tomorrow.

The Ferrari driver will start 14th after taking a 10-place grid penalty at Interlaces.

Leclerc qualified in fourth behind Hamilton, team-mate Sebastian Vettel and pole sitter Verstappen.

But the youngster has guaranteed he will go all out from the start on Sunday in order to achieve the best result possible.

He explained: “Full attack mode.

“I enjoy starting in the back anytime – then I enjoy a little bit less when I’m fighting for third place in the championship – but it’s life, it’s like this and I’ll try to enjoy as much as possible and come back.”

Leclerc also thinks he should have done better in qualifying and pole position was a possibility.

He said: “I don’t think the pole was out of reach.

“I’m very disappointed with myself today, I did quite a big mistake on my first timed lap in the first corner which cost me at least three-tenths so it’s my fault and I take [responsibility for] it completely, the team did a great job, I think the car was there to fight for pole at least and I didn’t do the job in the car.”

“Anyway, I’ve got a 10-place grid penalty for tomorrow, so it was always going to be a difficult day.”

Leclerc currently sits third in the F1 standings, 14 points ahead of Verstappen and will be desperate to maintain that advantage.

The 22-year-old could also guarantee finishing above his Ferrari team-mate Vettel with a good result.

Lights out for the Brazilian Grand Prix is at 5.10pm on Sunday.

Hamilton will look to challenge Verstappen for the win despite already being crowned as a six-time F1 world champion.

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