Formula 1: Charles Leclerc says Sebastian Vettel should not have made move
Charles Leclerc says Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel understands he shouldn’t have made the movement that triggered his wreck in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
However, Leclerc added he shares some of the responsibility for the crash which took them both out.
Leclerc stated:”Seb likely should not have gone into the left and he understands it, and that I might have done a much better job of preventing him moving to the left.
“What’s important is everything is clear today and we move forward.”
Leclerc reported the set will soon be”less aggressive with each other” on course after talks with team manager Mattia Binotto in the times between Brazil and the season-closing race at Abu Dhabi this weekend.
Leclerc said:”We are going to be able to race. We are both very competitive and want to win.
“We will need to find the ideal compromise – we both race to the identical team. We need to give each other a bit more space”
Leclerc spoke from the official news conference in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Vettel was due to attend but was allowed to arrive late at Yas Marina following the birth of his child.
Leclerc stated that Vettel and he had talked about the incident and consented equally could have done more to avoid it.
The crash occurred when Vettel tried to position approaching Switch Four later Leclerc had passed him into Turn One to go.
Vettel moved over on Leclerc and the front right of Leclerc was struck by his wheel, breaking his suspension and offering a puncture to the German.
Leclerc stated:”We called Seb and we attempted to understand our situations.
“We looked at it – and I especially looked at it – to try to understand how we might have made things easier.
“The results were huge but the effect was quite small, so that has been a tiny bit unlucky. It was unfortunate but we will be sure that it doesn’t occur again.”
The episode was the most up-to-date in a string of controversies between both Ferrari drivers this season.
Pressure has been building all year as Leclerc jeopardized the primacy of Vettel at the group and has emerged as a significant force in F1 and has more wins, poles and points than his four-time champion team-mate.
There have been a series of group requests calls within the favour of Vettel.
These ceased happening as Leclerc established a superiority through the mid-season and out-qualified Vettel nine races in a row.
However, from September tension has grown between the two as Vettel has re-found his variant and also begun to Lelcerc back again.
At the Italian Grand Prix, Leclerc didn’t take out his side of an arrangement where every driver agreed to give another a slipstream.
Ferrari that was able to get Vettel and to the lead in Singapore when attempting to pass Lewis Hamilton.
And Vettel ignored a team order to allow Leclerc back to the lead as part of a pre-arranged strategy to make sure the two Ferraris were running one-two.
Leclerc had qualified on pole, with all Vettel third, also Leclerc consented to give his team-mate a tow down to the first corner to ensure and allow him past, to ensure Hamilton, who had qualified second was overtaken by him.
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has told the drivers that the incident in Brazil has been”not acceptable” and said the staff”understand how to proceed”.