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Ferrari 'forgot' to tell Leclerc about Vettel's penalty

  • Published on 10 Jun 2019 09:32
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says Ferrari was too busy to tell Charles Leclerc that Sebastian Vettel had a five-second time penalty during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel picked up the penalty while battling Lewis Hamilton for the lead of the race, running across the grass and rejoining the track in front of the Mercedes driver.

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However, the Stewards believed that Vettel's attempts to rejoin the circuit forced Hamilton off the track, and the penalty denied Vettel his first win of the season.

Vettel managed to secure second while Charles Leclerc was third, unaware that his teammate had been given a penalty

"We didn't [tell Leclerc], it was a mistake on our side," Binotto said. "We were very busy on the pit wall and we forgot. We should have done, but we didn't."

Vettel couldn't do 'anything else' 

Ferrari is still searching for its first victory this year, having come close in Bahrain earlier this year before an engine issue stopped Leclerc's charge to the chequered flag.

Binotto heaped praise on Vettel after the race, saying he drove to the limit all race in an attempt to secure the victory, while also voicing his disagreement with the penalty.

"It's not down to us to decide, there are people there to decide," he said. "Certainly, we are not happy and we disagree. From our perspective, I'm pretty sure Seb can come back better.

"But he could have not done anything else. He was lucky to remain on track. Knowing the tension, what he did he was still ahead and tried to keep his position on the track.

"We disagree with the decision no doubt, but each person has their opinion. The crowd had their opinion, and not only the crowd, but whoever you may ask. So we are really disappointed.

"I think there have been very similar instances in the past which have not been judged like today. So overall, it's not the right decision."

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  • Another dubious tactical decision by Ferrari. Leclerc would have pushed hard and could have taken 2nd place if he had known. But then Ferrari are known to favour their number 1 driver!

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 11:40
  • because they didn't want him in 2nd

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 12:54
  • There is no damn way they forcot. It's ridiculous to suggest they forgot. Why don't they just own their #1 driver agenda. They could hire about 10 different Leclercs for what they pay Vettel, I suppose they want to force the ROI

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 16:07
    • Yeah, I kinda suspect this is horsepoo aswell. Stallionshit, to be precise. If it isn't, it's mighty convenient.

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      • Jun 10 2019 - 18:20
  • emprisedll

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    "Forgot" my ass. Swap the drivers in that situation and they would have asked Vettel to push immediately.

    Ferrari are toast this season regardless but the way they manage the team is just another reason why they are where they are at this time.

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 17:42
  • Yeah, it's bullshite - no serious professional outfit could overlook something so big, I mean, there's an argument that holding stations maximises points for team and drivers but its hardly motivational stuff to be on the receiving end. At some point Ferrari will realise their policy is not working for them - when?

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    • Jun 10 2019 - 21:52
    • Dert38

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      team of retarded klowns

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      • Jun 11 2019 - 08:03
  • Dert38

    Posts: 241

    binotto is d**k s****r ))))))))

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    • Jun 11 2019 - 08:02

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