AUSTIN, Texas – Charles Leclerc competed in the U.S. Grand Prix on painkillers after suffering severe pain from a tooth infection all week.
Leclerc claimed pole position on Friday, finishing 12th in Saturday’s sprint race and sixth in Sunday’s main race.
The Monaco resident revealed that he had been dealing with a problem all week after Austin’s racing schedule ended on Sunday.
“I had a tooth infection inside,” Leclerc said. “I think it’s wisdom teeth. Thursday, Friday I was in a lot of pain, then it calmed down. Today is fine.”
Leclerc, who doesn’t know if he will need the tooth removed, said the pain level has fluctuated over the week.
“I’ve been on really big painkillers since Thursday. For some reason it’s actually pretty good now, because I took painkillers before the race,” he said Sunday evening. “I had times that were pretty intense and others that were less, but nothing that affected me inside the car.”
The race in Austin is the first of a triple header, followed by events in Mexico and Brazil over the next two weeks.
Then there’s a week off before a double header, starting with the new Las Vegas Grand Prix and ending with the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.