Things turned volatile at Ferrari, after Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel crashed into each other in the later stages of the race.
Sebastian Vettel was due to take part in today’s presser, but his arrival to Abu Dhabi was delayed to personal reasons. Charles Leclerc represented the Maranello-based team at the FIA press conference and it did not take long until he elaborated on the crash at Interlagos.
The Monegasque labelled the Brazilian GP as his worst race of the season, and shared his point of view on the dynamics of the collision.
“We looked at it -he said- and I particularly looked at it obviously to try and understand how we could have made things better”.
“I think it was very unfortunate: first of all because the touch was extremely small and had a big drama after that. So that was a little bit unlucky”.
Leclerc later reflected on the unfortunate loss that Ferrari had to digest as a team, owing to a mistake caused by both drivers.
“But as a team I think we probably should try to be a bit less aggressive between each other for these things to not happen again. For the team it is not good, for everyone that is supporting us it's not good. So [we need to] try for it to not happen again.”
Speaking about his relationship with Sebastian Vettel, he assured that nothing will change on his side.
“I think this will not change. We will be able to race together.
“Obviously Seb and myself are very competitive. We both want to win but also we need to find the right compromise. We are also racing for the same team. Apart from that I don't think there's much we can do obviously. As I said, the consequences were huge in the last race. If you look back at the contact, it was very, very small. It was unfortunate but again we will make sure it doesn't happen again.”
Later on in the presser, Leclerc attempted a dig on Vettel, when it came to explaining who was at fault for the mishap.
“I think Seb should not have gone to the left and he knows it. And I probably could have done a better job of avoiding him going to the left. So both of us have a bit of responsibility.
“But I think the most important thing is that everything is clear. We have sat down and we move forward.”
Many questions arose over the future of the Vettel-Leclerc pairing heading towards 2021, as there is a high chance their roles will be reset for the team’s sake. From Leclerc’s words, one would assume that his preference would lean towards free racing between teammates, but we are yet to hear Binotto and Vettel’s takes on the matter.