Ferrari drivers to meet boss at Maranello after 'silly collision'
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says he will review the collision between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at its Maranello base next week, after their “silly action” in Brazil.
Vettel and Leclerc’s on-track relationship has been a key talking point throughout the 2019 campaign, with several flash points, most notably in Italy, Singapore and Russia.
The pair battled over fourth position during the closing stages at Interlagos and clashed along the Reta Oposta, with the damage causing both drivers to retire from the race.
Stewards summoned the duo but opted against taking further action.
“I have not reviewed [it] yet, I don’t want to do it yet, I think doing things in the heat [of the moment] we may have the wrong conclusion,” said Binotto.
“I heard both drivers, but they will come as well together [at Maranello] to discuss again what happened today and there will be time for the team to analyse all the video and the data.
“Whatever will be the judgement, more important is we are disappointed and sorry for the team, but first the two drivers should be sorry for the team as it has been a very small crash with big consequences, but they are silly things that should not happen.”
Binotto explained that the drivers “were free to fight” as Ferrari had secured the runner-up position in the Constructors’ Championship, adding “they were battling for their own position in the Drivers’ Championship.
“’Free to fight’ doesn’t mean to do silly actions, particularly between the two team-mates, and for me it was simply a silly action.”
On the eventual approach to this week’s meeting, Binotto emphasised that “it’s a matter of recognising eventually what have been the actions and mistakes, it’s important, because that can only make you better.
“There will be time altogether at Maranello to understand what happened. It’s not [for] me to blame them, it’s [up to] them to recognise it.”