F1: Ross Brawn: Ferrari drivers should follow Hamilton's example

Ruben Hill
November 20, 2019

After a safety vehicle period following Valtteri Bottas' retirement on Sunday, both Vettel and Leclerc attempted to take advantage, but ended up touching cars which left the former with a puncture and the latter with damage to the front wing.

Both Ferrari drivers were in a great position for podium finishes the closing laps around Interlagos but had to battle it out with each other first after a safety auto restart, with Leclerc passing Vettel into turn one.

Ferarri Team Principal Mattia Binotto refused to blame the drivers for the crash. He also added that this thing should not happen and the freedom to fight shouldn't lead to any more silly mistakes.

"The reason for that is we secured second place in the constructors' and they were somehow battling for their own position in the Drivers' Championship".

Vettel appeared to steer left into his Ferrari teammate as both drivers approached turn three, with a small touch on the Frenchman's Ferrari causing chaos. In the auto, it was anger-inducing and definitely the fault of the other driver's belligerence - according to both sides.

Sebastian Vettel wanted somewhere to hide in Brazil.

The clash ended Ferrari's sequence of 46 consecutive points finishes, a run that started the race after Vettel collided with former teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen off the start line in Singapore 2017. "You have a responsibility, both of you, to the team", said the Briton.

"It's a matter of recognising eventually what has been the actions and the mistakes", said Binotto.

"So I'm happy to take the opportunity of what happened, at least to clarify with them for the future".

"There is always something you can do better but today the mistakes were the mistakes of the drivers", Binotto told reporters after the race. "It is not for me to blame them, it's for them to recognise it".

"I think that if I looked from the start when they didn't know each other, now they have got a good relationship and they work well together".

"So I think overall, it is still a luxury".

Vettel's £36m-a-season deal with Ferrari expires at the end of next year and it is not clear what will happen then.

Formula One managing director, Ross Brawn, who has had experience of managing hard drivers over the year, advises Mattia Binotto that he must get a grip on the situation before it spirals out of control.

The German was savaged by the Italian press for his part in the smash while there are now calls from the team's Tifosi to axe the four-time world champion.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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