Ferrari hold ‘clear the air’ talks after drivers crash in Brazil
Ferrari say That They have”cleared the air” after the crash between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc from the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The drivers were called to meetings with team boss Mattia Binotto in the Maranello factory in Italy.
A spokesperson explained:”Since last Sunday, Mattia and also the drivers have spoken daily, as they would normally do anyway.”
“There wasn’t any official summit nor video conference,” they added.
“The atmosphere is currently fully cleared and we’re focusing on Abu Dhabi.”
The 2019 Formula 1 season finishes at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina track on 1.
Ferrari would not elaborate on the details of any agreement about how the two should race in the near or what was discussed – or perhaps whether they would be allowed to.
Earlier this past week, Ferrari chairman John Elkann stated he had been”very angry” about the incident.
Elkann was speaking at an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Exor, a holding company with investments in many of companies, including Fiat and Ferrari.
He explained:”What happened made us know how important Ferrari is.
“The drivers, however good they are, mustn’t forget they’re Ferrari drivers. Team function counts. The only thing which counts is that Ferrari wins.
“It’s been an outstanding season for the poles, but they have never been converted to victories.”
That is a reference to the fact that eight pole positions have been obtained by Ferrari in 20 races so far this season – seven for Leclerc and yet for Vettel – whenever they’ve won just three grands prix.
The season of ferrari was characterised by an ongoing tussle for supremacy between the drivers.
A world champion, german motorist Vettel, began the season from the team following the recruiting of Leclerc, who’s in his second season with primacy.
But the Monegasque has experienced a convincing time and, with one race remainingis forward of Vettel in terms of tournament points, wins, pole positions and on their qualifying head-to-head and seems set to remain that way.
As their struggle has intensified, the two drivers have ignored team requests.
That leaves Binotto concerning how to manage them next year with a difficult choice.
Following the race Brazil, Binotto described the crash, which happened as Vettel changed his line while attempting to pass Leclerc and made contact with his team-mate, as”ridiculous” but dropped to apportion blame.
He said that the group would”analyse all the data and video” together with the drivers when the initial heat of this episode had died down.
“They’re free to combat,” he explained. “They knew that. (We) let’s race because we’d secured second in the constructors’ championship and that they had been somehow battling to their own position in the drivers’ championship.
“‘Free to fight’ doesn’t mean to perform silly actions, particularly between the 2 team-mates and that for me was a silly action.”
Binotto explained the essential issue wasn’t to apportion blame but to ensure the drivers”recognized what has been the actions and mistakes”.
Meanwhile, Ferrari have shrugged the importance of governing body the FIA scrutinizing their engine .
The FIA has issued two rule clarifications regulating engines in recent weeks as to the magnitude of their performance advantage.
Ferrari said the FIA”had done a regular check, as they do many other times. Just normal process”.
The FIA said that after Brazil they had looked at several automobiles’ fuel-system parts throughout the board during the entire year as part of orderly checking and not connected particularly to anything.