Leclerc and Vettel still free to race each other
Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel are still free to race each other according to the Monegasque driver, despite their crash in Brazil.
Leclerc made a move to pass Vettel in the closing stages of the Brazilian Grand Prix, and the pair made contact on the back straight causing both cars to retire from the race.
Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto called the actions of his drivers “silly” and said that he would speak with the drivers in between the race in Brazil and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Leclerc has confirmed that having sat down with the team and discussed the incident, it was agreed that they are still free to race each other.
When asked if Leclerc is still allowed to race against Vettel in Thursday’s press conference at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Leclerc said: “No, I think this doesn’t change. We will be able to race together.
“Obviously, Seb and myself are very competitive, we both want to win, but we also need to find the right compromise.
Leclerc was surprised that the consequences of the contact between him and his team-mate were so big, given how lightly they touched, and that that although the pair are free to race, they have agreed to be less aggressive with each other in the future.
“We need to be less aggressive towards each other and give us a little bit more space for these things to not happen again.” added the 21-year-old.
“Of what I know, that’s the only thing that will happen for the next races, but maybe Mattia [Binotto] can go a bit further into that.
“The consequences were huge in the last race but if you look back at the contact it was very, very small. It was unfortunate but we will make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Neither Ferrari driver has taken blame for the incident, and Leclerc said that while Vettel shouldn’t have pulled across, he should have done better to avoid the contact with the four-time world champion.
“I think probably Seb shouldn’t have gone to the left and he knows it and I probably could have done a better job of avoiding him going to the left.
“So yeah, both of us have a bit of responsibility, but the most important thing is that everything is clear with Seb and we move forward.”