Ferrari summons Vettel and Leclerc over clash

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto will speak with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the team’s Italian headquarters this week in the wake of their “silly” mutually-destructive clash in the Brazilian GP.

The team-mates’ battle over fourth place ended in an acrimonious clash on lap 66 of an action-packed Interlagos race, with both Ferraris sustaining race-ending damage.

While he did not cast judgement on where the balance of blame lay, Binotto described it as a “small collision that had a big consequence” and insisted “this sort of thing should never happen”.

Appearing without the drivers in the team’s usual post-race media debrief, Binotto said: “Today they were free to fight, they knew that. We let them race.

“The reason for that is we secured second place in the constructors’ and they were somehow battling for their own position in the Drivers’ Championship.

“Free to fight doesn’t mean to do silly actions – especially between the two team-mates, between the two Ferraris. Today was simply a silly action.”

The drivers initially blamed each other over team radio but a stewards’ investigation ruled that neither was predominantly at fault, and so no further action was taken.

‘The Stewards determined that both drivers had the opportunity avoid or mitigate the incident,’ read a statement.

What now for Vettel and Leclerc?

The clash ended Ferrari’s sequence of 46 consecutive points finishes, a run which started the race after Vettel collided with former team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen off the start line in Singapore 2017.

“I have heard from both drivers, but I will meet with them to discuss what happened,” said Binotto. “There will be time for the team to analyse the video and data. It is not a matter of fining or blaming.”

He added: “It is a matter of recognising eventually what has been the actions and mistakes. Whether you are a driver or engineer or whatever you are doing, recognising mistakes is important because that can only make it better. – Sky Sports

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