Mattia Binotto reveals Vettel and Leclerc called him following Brazil GP clash

06-01-2020 10:25
by Adam Newton
F1 News
Mattia Binotto reveals Vettel and Leclerc called him following Brazil GP clash

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says that the team spirit at Ferrari has not been affected by the clash Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc had at the Brazilian Grand Prix in November. The two touched wheels whilst battling for position and both had huge punctures, ending their races.

The team appeared to be in a difficult position, with both the experienced Vettel and talented Leclerc vying for number one status at the team, with both drivers seemingly closely matched.

The Brazil incident could've sparked a teammate war, but the drivers sorted it out between themselves, leading to Binotto claiming the squad have a good bond.

He told the official Ferrari magazine: "I am very happy with how team spirit has grown. We are compact and a unit, including the drivers, despite what some people insinuate."

"An example? On the Tuesday after the incident at the Brazilian Grand Prix, my phone rang and I saw the names of Seb and Charles on the screen.

"They had spoken and cleared the air, and they called me for a conversation with the three of us. It was not only a gesture, it also showed a great unified spirit. It was better anyway that the incident in Brazil has now happened, because it helps us understand each other better for next year."

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