Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto elaborated on the clash that shook the paddock in Brazil, as Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc drove Ferrari to an unfortunate zero in the penultimate race of the season.
Charles Leclerc assured that teammate Sebastian Vettel and himself have moved on after their unfortunate clash. However, the Monegasque did not mince his words when it came to putting the blame on the German, by saying “He should have not turned left and he knows it”. Hence it is safe to assume that more animosity followed in Maranello, as post-Brazilian GP discussions took place.
Asked about his verdict on the crash, Binotto was rather lapidary.
“If you listen to the drivers, they may have their own version. I think at the end there is one true version, which is that they damaged the interest of the Scuderia Ferrari, and by doing that, damaging themselves.”
Binotto insisted on remaining tight-lipped on the content of the confrontation.
"There's not much to discuss. It's been between us, something we discussed at our factory, and I'm happy to keep it between us."
“It's something we discuss internally. They are both very good drivers, they know exactly what to do. It's unfortunate what happened."
Binotto shifted the focus to the fact that the team came out of the crash with the heavies damage, and said it is “not important” to blame one driver in particular.
"Is there one driver more to blame than the other? I think it's not important. Maybe that time it could have been Seb, maybe next time it could be Charles. They are two drivers, fighting, and they can make mistakes. What's important is to know the next time, it's not happening again.”
"What is more important is to understand what's triggering it. That is the only way to make sure that in the future it's not happening again. And that's obviously what we discussed."
The dispute over the cause and the dynamics of the Ferrari clash may have been forcedly clamped down for good. But it is evident that the internal rivalry is far from over.