Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc drives US GP on painkillers for tooth infection

Nate SandersGeneral Teacher, F1October 22, 2023, 05:58 PM ET2 minute reading

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AUSTIN, Texas — Charles Leclerc competed in the US Grand Prix with the help of painkillers after suffering through a week of severe pain from a tooth infection.

Leclerc took pole position on Friday, finished 12th in Saturday’s sprint race and then sixth in Sunday’s main race.

After completing Austin’s race schedule on Sunday, the Monaco native revealed he had been dealing with a problem all week.

„I had a tooth infection inside,” Leclerc said. „I think it’s a wisdom tooth. I was in a lot of pain Thursday and Friday, and then it calmed down. It’s fine today.”

Leclerc, who doesn’t know if the tooth needs to be removed, said pain levels fluctuate by week.

„Since Thursday I have been taking big painkillers. For some reason now it feels better, I took painkillers before the race,” he said on Sunday evening. I had more intense and less intense times, but it didn’t affect me inside the car.”

Austin’s race is the first of a triple header, with events in Mexico and Brazil over the next two weeks.

There is a week off before the doubleheader, which begins with the new Las Vegas Grand Prix and concludes with the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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