Leclerc takes blame for Ferrari crash wipe-out

Ferrari’s early-season woes deepen after both cars crash together on the first lap; Leclerc takes full responsibility for ‘too optimistic’ move on team-mate

By James Galloway

Last Updated: 12/07/20 4:41pm








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Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were forced out of the race after colliding at the start of the Styrian Grand Prix.

Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were forced out of the race after colliding at the start of the Styrian Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc apologised to Sebastian Vettel and admitted he “put all the efforts of the team in the bin” after crashing into his team-mate on the opening lap of the Styrian GP to further compound Ferrari’s torrid start to the new season.

The Ferraris came together on the first run to Turn Three, with Leclerc attempting to go down the inside of Vettel but clipping the kerb and being pitched into a collision with the sister car.

Vettel retired immediately with a broken rear wing and suspension, with Leclerc forced to drop out a lap later with terminal car damage too.

The pair spoke in the TV interview pen after returning to the paddock and Leclerc then told Sky Sports F1: “I apologised.

“Excuses are not enough in times like this and I’m just disappointed in myself. I have done a very bad job today. I have let the team down.

“I can only be sorry, even though I know it’s not enough. I hope I learn from this and will come back stronger for the next races.”

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Charles Leclerc apologises to Sebastian Vettel and his team after colliding with his Ferrari team-mate on the opening lap of the Styrian GP

Charles Leclerc apologises to Sebastian Vettel and his team after colliding with his Ferrari team-mate on the opening lap of the Styrian GP

Ferrari had started the race from down in 10th and 14th positions and Leclerc, who picked up a penalty after qualifying, admitted: “It’s a tough time for the team. We don’t need that. The team don’t need that. I put all the efforts of the team in the bin. I’m very sorry, but it’s not enough.”

He added: “I was [too optimistic].”

Vettel said: “I was fighting two other cars, we were already three cars into turn three, and I was very surprised.

“I was not expecting Charles to try something. I don’t think there was any space.

“A big pity and something we should avoid, but not much I could have done differently. I was taking it easy and conservative because it was already very busy and tight.”

Vettel added: “I don’t think there was space, that’s why I think we collided.”

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