Fer­rari to con­sider rein­ing in team-mates

Evening Times - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEME­NTS - Philip Dun­can

FER­RARI bosses will this week de­cide whether to stop Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Charles Le­clerc from rac­ing each other af­ter they crashed out of the Brazil­ian Grand Prix.

Vet­tel and Le­clerc are due to ar­rive at Fer­rari’s Maranello head­quar­ters to ex­plain how they came to col­lide on lap 66 of Sun­day’s chaotic race.

Mercedes were forced to re­vise their rules of en­gage­ment af­ter Lewis Hamil­ton and Nico Ros­berg crashed for a third time in the fi­nal year of their frac­tious re­la­tion­ship as team-mates.

“We need to sit down and de­cide where the lim­its are to make sure these things don’t hap­pen any­more,” said Mat­tia Binotto, the Fer­rari team prin­ci­pal. “When we have tried to man­age the driv­ers be­fore we have been crit­i­cised. When they are free to fight we have been crit­i­cised, too. But we need to clar­ify what is silly, what is not, and what is the limit. When you have a crash there is no doubt that some­thing has gone wrong.”

Vet­tel’s part­ner­ship with Le­clerc has proved trou­bling for Fer­rari with both driv­ers vy­ing for top spot in the team.

Vet­tel was signed by Fer­rari to end a driv­ers’ ti­tle drought which ex­tends back to 2007, but Le­clerc, a decade younger than the four-time world cham­pion, has emerged as the team’s star for the fu­ture. Vet­tel’s £36m-a-sea­son deal with Fer­rari ex­pires at the end of next year.

“I am still con­vinced it is a lux­ury to have them in the same team be­cause they are both very good driv­ers and a bench­mark for each other,” added Binotto.

“What I read or hear is dif­fer­ent to what I see in­ter­nally with them. They have a good re­la­tion­ship, but cer­tainly what hap­pened on Sun­day may not help that.”

Hamil­ton, who was de­moted to sev­enth fol­low­ing his late col­li­sion with Red Bull’s Alex Al­bon, said both Vet­tel and Le­clerc will have been wounded by the events at In­ter­la­gos.

“I have ex­pe­ri­enced it first hand,” said the six-time world cham­pion. “The bur­den is that there are so many peo­ple in­volved with the team that it is not just about you. And when all those peo­ple are re­ly­ing on you to do your job and some­thing like that hap­pens, it is not a great feel­ing.”

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