Seb and Charles meet again, in a way - Both Vettel and Leclerc had unwanted close encounters with the wall at Turn 19 earlier today. Vettel damaged the rear of his car in FP1, whereas the mishap did not have any consequences for the Monegasque. The Ferrari drivers both reckoned that the third sector is where the SF90 suffers the most, hence their costly mistakes happened in that specific part of the track. Oh, the irony!
Following today’s declarations from a diplomatic Vettel and a defensive Mattia Binotto, the Interlagos mishap is bound for its burial. But is it really over? (Not a Nico Rosberg reference)
Binotto insisted that he was not willing to share any details from the confrontation the team had after the Brazilian GP. This would lead us to think there is more cooking up. Is the Maranello-based team going to have a sort of ierarchy applied to its line-up in order to set much-needed boundaries?
Ferrari thinks big - What if Lewis Hamilton decided to make the move everyone is dreaming about? As the Briton does not have a deal in place for 2021, it may not be too early to start thinking about his future. Vettel’s deal is also expiring at the end of 2020, giving rise to colorful scenarios. The swap between him and Hamilton, whose mediatic impact would be rather considerable, may not be too far-fetched as it stands, following Binotto’s declarations earlier today at the FIA team principals’ presser.
“Lewis is certainly an outstanding driver, a fantastic driver. - he said - Knowing that he's available in 2021 can make us only happy, but honestly it's too early for any decision. We are happy with the drivers we've got at the moment”.
"Certainly at one stage next season we will start discussing and understanding what to do."
Bottas gets a reprimand for Grosjean collision in FP2 - When it rains, it pours. Even in the desert. Valtteri Bottas will start last as his Mercedes got fitted with an all-new power unit. As his Abu Dhabi GP weekend starts uphill, it could not get any worse (despite leading both Friday practices) after causing an unfortunate collision with Romain Grosjean. Both cars sustained damage on the floor and the sides, forcing Mercedes and Haas’ crews to gird their loins and fix the car. After the two drivers were summoned to the stewards, Bottas received a reprimand and took responsibility for the crash.