‘There is no doubt that something has gone wrong’: Ferrari set to decide whether to forbid Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc from racing each other after embarrassing crash
- Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will face Ferrari bosses later this week
- The pair crashed out after a collision, while vying for fourth spot at Brazilian GP
- Team principal Mattia Binotto didn’t apportion blame, and neither will be fined
Ferrari’s high command are considering whether to forbid their two drivers from racing each other after their embarrassing crash in Brazil on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided as they fought for fourth place. Both suffered punctures and retired from the race.
Team principal Mattia Binotto refused to condemn either driver in the hours afterwards, though most neutral observers pointed the finger of blame at Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel (left) has been summoned to Ferrari talks along with Charles Leclerc (right)
Binotto instead said he would discuss the matter quietly with them both at the team’s factory in Maranello this week.
‘We need to sit down and decide where the limits are to make sure these things don’t happen anymore,’ he explained.
‘When we tried to manage the drivers in past years we were criticised. When they are free to fight we have been criticised, too.
‘But we need to clarify what is silly, what is not, and what is the limit. When you have a crash there is no doubt that something has gone wrong.’
Leclerc and his team-mate both crashed out with just five laps remaining of the Brazilian GP
Binotto is facing a situation similar to the one Mercedes confronted when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were at it hammer and tongs in 2015 and 2016. They crashed three times, prompting a review of their terms of engagement.
Although the Ferrari men have crashed into each other just once – at Interlagos – their relationship is fractious, as highlighted in recent months by rows over team instructions at both Monza and Sochi.
Four-time world champion Vettel, 32, seems troubled by Leclerc’s emergence as a genuinely fast rival in his first season at Ferrari. The Monegasque is just 22 and represents a potential changing of the guard.
But Binotto said: ‘I am still convinced it is a luxury to have them in the same team because they are both very good drivers and a benchmark for each other.
‘What I read or hear, is different from what I see internally with them. They have a good relationship, but certainly what happened on Sunday may not help that.’
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