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Sport Vettel, Leclerc play down talk of Ferrari rift

18:41  10 october  2019
18:41  10 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Sebastian Vettel takes blame for 'really poor start' in Japan

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Charles Leclerc has moved to shut down talks of a schism in the Ferrari camp between him and team mate Sebastian Vettel , insisting that But while there was an explosion of media coverage after the race about the perceived rift at Ferrari , ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Leclerc appeared to pour

Charles Leclerc insists "everything is clear now" inside Ferrari in the wake of the Sochi team orders controversy with Sebastian Vettel . "There were some misunderstandings from the car, but we've had a discussion and everything is clear now," said Leclerc in the Drivers' Press Conference ahead of the

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Ferrari Formula One team mates Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel played down talk of a rift between them, saying tensions that threatened to boil over at the Russian Grand Prix had cooled.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix© Reuters/Maxim Shemetov FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix

The pair engaged in a testy back and forth with their team over the radio two weeks ago in Sochi after Vettel, who used the slipstream tow from the Monegasque's pole-sitting car to vault into the lead at the start, refused to hand the place back as per a pre-race agreement.

The flare-up ultimately resolved itself, with Vettel forced to retire with a power unit problem having already lost track position to Leclerc thanks to a later pitstop.

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Remarkably, the Sochi controversy between Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel was the seventh incident between them involving the The tyre difference was 14 laps (lap 14 vs 28) so Leclerc was closing Vettel down massively fast in the last stint. Vettel - who had effectively been

Remarkably, the Sochi controversy between Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel was the seventh incident between them involving the The tyre difference was 14 laps (lap 14 vs 28) so Leclerc was closing Vettel down massively fast in the last stint. Vettel - who had effectively been

But it still left Ferrari managing an increasingly delicate relationship between the German four-time champion and the 21-year-old.

Why Vettel wasn't penalised for start

  Why Vettel wasn't penalised for start The FIA has explained why Sebastian Vettel's getaway from pole position in the Japanese GP was not met with a jump-start penalty.Vettel's hard-earned and impressive pole, achieved earlier on Sunday at Suzuka, was compromised even before the lights went out in the race when the German rolled forward in his grid box.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc say they have put their dispute over team orders at the Russian Grand Prix behind them. Vettel ignored orders to let Leclerc by him a number of times in the early laps of the race, reneging on a pre-race agreement between the drivers and team.

Sebastian Vettel insists there is no rift between himself and Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene. In an interview for Italian television on Friday, Arrivabene said Vettel had to ‘earn’ a contract renewal with the team. The German’s current three-year deal runs out at the end of next season and this has been

"There was some misunderstanding (in) the car," said Leclerc, speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

"But I think we've had a discussion and everything is clear now.

"It felt like it was a huge deal from the outside which it definitely wasn't. But now everything is fine."

Leclerc, in his first season with Ferrari and second in Formula One, has turned up the pressure on the far more experienced Vettel.

He has won two races to Vettel's one this season and in Russia became the first driver since Michael Schumacher to take four straight pole positions for the Italian team.

He has outqualified Vettel for nine straight races.

The pre-race agreement in Sochi was centred around Leclerc giving Vettel the tow to help him leap past second-placed Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton and give Ferrari a one-two at the front.

Leclerc and Vettel had initially disagreed whether the agreement still applied given Vettel had already jumped Hamilton off the line.

On Thursday Leclerc expressed confidence a repeat wouldn’t occur.

Vettel, who joined Ferrari in 2015 hoping to emulate boyhood hero Schumacher by handing the Italian team their first drivers’ title since 2007, said Ferrari were looking forward.

"We didn't write anything in stone," said the German.

"I don't think it's necessary.

"Probably there's certain things that we could've done better looking back but in the end we look forward to this race and the next races."

Vettel 'has no future at Ferrari' .
The fallout from the Russian Grand Prix continues, with the 'poisonous' mood at Ferrari leaving Sebastian Vettel on the outer.Despite the best efforts of team boss Mattia Binotto to minimise the fallout from Sunday's race in Sochi, the ramifications could be felt for some time, with the man who discovered Vettel insisting he "has no future at Ferrari.

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