Ferrari’s duo under fire following Sunday’s disastrous race

epa08004279 Formula One drivers at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 November 2019. The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix take place at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. EPA-EFE/Sebastiao Moreira

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Ferrari’s wretched run continued with a debacle in the second-last grand prix of the season as Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided five laps from the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The pair were vying for third place in the drivers’ standings, but that has now gone to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after he won the race.

ANSA reports Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow leaves Brazil with the worst possible result: no points following a collision between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, which led to both of them having to retire from the race, after they had both been front runners right up the final laps.” Vettel said: “The summary of the day is that we did not finish a race in which we could have got a good result. It’s a shame about the collision between us, especially for the team as a whole, given that both cars were in the points and considering how much work everyone puts in, both at the track and back in Maranello. From my point of view, the race was going well, even if I think that Max (Verstappen) was uncatchable today. Now we must just focus on the final race of the season where will try and bring home the best possible result.” Leclerc said:”It’s a real pity to end the weekend like this. I am sorry for the whole team, especially because today we were fast and we were looking good to bring home some decent points.

It had actually been an exciting race for me. Starting from the midfield, I enjoyed fighting my way forward and was satisfied with the way things were progressing. We will move on from this in any case and continue to work together in the best way. Now it’s time for us to focus on Abu Dhabi to end our season in the best possible way.”

Mattia Binotto, Team Principal, said: “The overriding feeling today is that everyone, first and foremost our drivers are very disappointed and sorry from a team perspective. It was a small collision that had a big consequence. In truth, this sort of thing should never happen.


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