Charles Leclerc explains outcome of Ferrari talks over Sebastian Vettel clash
Charles Leclerc says that he and Sebastian Vettel must be”less aggressive” when racing each other later on in the wake of the race-ending struggle in Brazil.
To Leclerc day in Abu Dhabi after the arrival of his third child, it was left with Vettel coming from Thursday’s media to clarify the results of discussions between the drivers and team weekly, back at their Italian headquarters.
“Quite simply, we will give each other more space,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sports F1.
“If you look back at the situation, everybody might have done better and each of these things would not have happened.
“But it occurred, we assessed the problem and now we make sure it doesn’t occur again.”
Even the Ferrari pair collided down Interlagos’ back right as they battled over fourth place in the closing stages of the incident-filled race.
Discussing in Abu Dhabi, Leclerc said although in reflection the contact has been”very small” it’d”large consequences” – and it had been evident that it must not be repeated.
Leclerc indicated Vettel understands exactly what he did wrong, but also stated he was not blameless either.
“I think probably Seb should not have gone into the left and he understands it, I could have done a better job of preventing him moving to the abandoned,” said Leclerc.
“The most important [thing] is that all is apparent with Seb today and we move forward.”
So do the team-mates avoid further clashes?
In their first season together at Ferrari, the Leclerc and Vettel dynamic has proved the most discussed team-mate pairing of the season.
With both staying Ferrari for at least the 2020 year, Leclerc states they must battle in a more measured way for the good of the group.
“Clearly Seb and myself are very competitive,” stated the Monegasque. “We want to win, but we need to discover the perfect compromise as we are racing for the exact same team.
“We need to be less aggressive and provide each other more space”