Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto, has said that he will ensure his drivers know the “limits” of battling each other in future Formula 1 races.
Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc made contact with each other on the straight leading to the Descida do Lago, causing both cars to suffer damage and retire from the race as a result.
The pair were summoned to the stewards to discuss the incident, but they escaped a penalty with the stewards noting that both drivers could have avoided the collision.
With the spotlight firmly on his team and their rules of engagement during race battles, Binotto has said that he will sit down with his drivers to make sure everyone knows where the limits are to avoid this happening again.
“The overriding feeling today is that everyone, first and foremost our drivers are very disappointed and sorry from a team perspective.” commented Binotto.
“It was a small collision that had a big consequence.
“Our drivers were free to race today and they knew that.
“We have already clinched second place in the Constructors’ Championship and they were battling for their own positions in the Drivers’ classification.
“Of course we now need to sit down and decide together where the limits are to make sure we all push for the benefit of the team and make sure these things don’t happen anymore.”
Leclerc added that he was sorry to his team that he threw a large points haul away, after battling up to the front of the field, having started 14th due to an engine penalty.
At the time of the collision Leclerc had been the faster of the two Ferraris and was in contention to fight for a podium position, but the crash meant the Italian team left with nothing and allowed Max Verstappen to break clear in the fight for third in the driver’s championship.
“It’s a real pity to end the weekend like this. I am sorry for the whole team, especially because today we were fast and we were looking good to bring home some decent points.” added Leclerc.
“It had actually been an exciting race for me. Starting from the midfield, I enjoyed fighting my way forward and was satisfied with the way things were progressing.
“We will move on from this in any case and continue to work together in the best way.”