Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel collided during the Brazilian F1 on Sunday, both having to withdraw from the race leaving the Ferrari team with huge issue…
The warring Ferrari drivers crashed out with five laps remaining as they diced for fourth position. Leclerc saw an opportunity to pass and went for the inside of Vettel into Turn One. It was a daring move, aggressive certainly, but absolutely clean. Vettel had use of the DRS overtaking aid on the run towards Turn Four and naturally Leclerc moved to the inside to defend his position, leaving only just enough room for Vettel to attempt a pass on the outside.
Just before the corner, Vettel then moved across on his team-mate causing his left rear tyre to touch Leclerc’s front right. The contact broke Leclerc’s suspension and ripped the tyre off the rim, and also gave Vettel a right-rear puncture rendering both men out of the race.
Team principal Mattia Binotto refused to apportion blame and also ruled out fining either driver:
When doing things in the heat of the moment, you can come to the wrong conclusion.
I have heard from both drivers, but I will meet with them to discuss what happened. There will be time for the team to analyse the video and data.
It is not a matter of fining or blaming. We let them race, but being free to fight doesn’t mean they should make silly mistakes. In truth, this sort of thing should never happen.’
Both Drivers gave their account of events following the race with Leclerc giving a more detailed analysis:
I overtook in Turn 1 which I enjoyed this overtake and then in Turn 3, I had to close because I was aware Seb would try again and he did.
He went around the outside, which there was little space but I left the space, he took [it] and then towards the end of the straight, he started to squeeze me a little bit to the inside and we were very close.
Everything happened very quick and as soon as he went to the inside, we touched and then I had a puncture.
I haven’t seen Seb yet but I’m pretty sure we are mature enough to put that behind us.
We feel both of us extremely sorry for the team. This is the end result, both cars didn’t finish and that’s very disappointing. For the future we’ll put that behind and we’ll continue to work together.”Leclerc talking with Sky Sports
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