Vettel and Leclerc have 'cleared the air' after Brazil mishap
MARANELLO, ITALY - Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have cleared the air after a Brazilian Grand Prix collision that put both of them out of the penultimate race of the Formula One season, the team said.
Team boss Mattia Binotto said after the race at Interlagos that there would be a review with the drivers at the Maranello factory to go through what went on and how to prevent any recurrence.
"Since last Sunday Mattia and the drivers have spoken every day, as they would normally do anyway, so there was no official summit nor video conference," a Ferrari spokeswoman said.
"Air is now fully cleared and we are focusing on Abu Dhabi."
The collision between the young charger and a four times world champion, who have been battling for supremacy this season, provided a major talking point at Interlagos.
"They know that silly mistakes are still silly mistakes. What happened today is a shame for the team," Binotto said at the time.
"I feel sorry for the team, I think the drivers need to feel sorry for the team," he said.
With second place in the constructors' championship secure, Ferrari had told their drivers they were free to fight for their own positions, but with some stipulations.
"Free to fight, but they know that silly mistakes are something we should avoid for the team itself," said Binotto, who refrained from casting judgement before a thorough analysis back in Maranello.
"At the end I think both of them got a small percentage of responsibility," said the boss, who felt a podium had been missed.
The final race of the season at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina is next week, with both championships already won by Mercedes for an unprecedented sixth season in succession.
Britain's Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his sixth title in Texas this month.Reuters