Ferrari’s 2020 Formula 1 campaign took another dismal turn after Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel collided on the opening lap of the Styrian Grand Prix.
Ferrari has struggled for pace through the nascent stages of the 2020 season and brought new updates to the second round in a bid to improve its performance.
The squad’s lack of pace continued in Saturday’s wet qualifying session as Vettel took only 10th while Leclerc mustered just 11th, before being demoted further due to impeding Daniil Kvyat.
On the opening lap of Sunday’s grand Prix Leclerc ran into the back of Vettel at Turn 3 as the midfield group battled for positions.
Vettel suffered terminal damage to the rear end of the SF1000 while Leclerc pitted for repairs but lasted just one lap longer as Ferrari deemed his floor had sustained substantial damage.
Stewards noted the incident but opted to take no further action.
It is the second time in just four grands prix that the pair have made contact that resulted in the retirement of both cars, following their clash in Brazil last November.